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Akhenaten and the Origins of Monotheism$
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James K. Hoffmeier

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199792085

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199792085.001.0001

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Aten Alone

Aten Alone

(p.165) Chapter 6 Aten Alone
Akhenaten and the Origins of Monotheism

James K. Hoffmeier

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces how Aten emerged as Akhenaten’s sole god. Akhenaten built temples of talatat blocks throughout Egypt, including at Heliopolis and Memphis, and as far south as Nubia and apparently north to Sinai, to judge from talatat blocks discovered at Tell el-Borg by this author. At this site, textual evidence was found for Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, and the little known royal figure Ankh-Kheperure. These remains just beyond the northeastern border of Egypt, represent the north-most remains of an Aten temple. Meanwhile, as Akhenaten was engaged in a massive building program for Aten, other temples were cut off, abandoned, and closed.

Keywords:   Aten, talatat blocks, Heliopolis, Sinai, Tell el-Borg, Akhenaten, Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ankh-Kheperure

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