A Conversation for Pharaoh Akhenaten 'the Heretic'


Post 1


I remember reading somewhere that one of the Psalms in the Bible is actually written by Akenaten. Do you know if this is true and which one it might be?

Thanks, nice article.

Still, Pika


Post 2

BigAl Patron Saint of Left Handers Keeper of the Glowing Pickle and Monobrows

According to the British archaeologist, Arthur Weigall,there are clear linksbetween Akhenaten's beliefs and the 'worship of the one true God' by modern Christians and Jews. For example, Weigall identified uncanny similarities between Psalm 104 and a hieroglyphic odeto the omnipotent powers of the sun-god (Aten) known as the 'Hymn to the Aten'. This is said to have been composed by Akhenaten himself.
In Weigal's opinion,this was the 'undoubted original' of Ps 104. Other scholars argue that the similaririties probably arise as the result of the two works having a common literary heritage.


Post 3

BigAl Patron Saint of Left Handers Keeper of the Glowing Pickle and Monobrows

Psalm 104 (King James Version)Psalm 104
1. Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.
2. Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:
3.Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:
4.Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:
5. Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.
6.Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.
7.At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.
8.They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.
9.Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.
10.He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills.
11.They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.
12.By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.
13.He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.
14.He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;
15.And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.
16.The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;
17.Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.
18.The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.
19. He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.
20.Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.
21.The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.
22.The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens.
23.Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.
24.O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
25.So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.
26.There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.
27.These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.
28.That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.
29.Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.
30.Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.
31.The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works.
32.He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.
33.I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
34.My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.
35.Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.

Apparently the attribution of the characteristics of the Sun to the Lord (verses 2-4) occurs nowhere else in the scriptures.


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BigAl Patron Saint of Left Handers Keeper of the Glowing Pickle and Monobrows

Compare the above to the Great Hymn to the Aten:


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