Akhenaten’s “Hymn to the Sun”. Egyptian religion extremely varied from one time period to another. Cult of sun-worship spanning most of Egyptian history. You arise beauteous in the horizon of the heavens. Oh living Aten who creates life. When you shine forth in the Eastern horizon you fill every land with your. Written on the outside of the tomb of a deceased chief minister for the great king, Akhenaten, the hymn “Akhenaten’s Hymn to the Sun” was.

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All sources of life and true happiness come from Aten. You are in my heart and none other knows thee But your son “Akhenaten”; You have given him understanding of your designs and your power.

Akhenaten’s Poem Of Praise To The Sun

Human nature is presented in this poem through the discussions of the human life cycle. Views Read Edit View history.

The Great Hymn to the Aten. Akhenaten states that the sun took it’s throne in heaven and that is when life began.

Dust: Psalm and Akhenaten’s Hymn to the Sun

The world is silent For the creator rests in his horizon. However Akhenaten’s case may be different through the emphasis placed on the heavenly father and son relationship. Boats sail up and downstream, All ways are opened because you have appeared.

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The God was the answer of all questions. Analysis of the Hebrew Bible. The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt. Lewis compared this hymn to the Psalms some time ago.

You are so beautiful: Akhenaten claimed in his poem that he was the only one who could a,henaten the Sun God and practice his principles.

The monotheism of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament had its own separate development—one that began more than half a millennium after the pharaoh’s death. akhenateb

Great Hymn to the Aten

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The theological and philosophical ideas and images of the hymn is an example of the thinking behind the intellectuals that existed during the Amarna period.

Notify me of new comments via email. If this were a new religion, invented to satisfy our modern scientific conceptions, we could not find a flaw in the correctness of this view of the energy of the solar system. This site uses cookies. This page was last edited on 2 Decemberat The respect paid to the gods would also be transferred onto him as he is their representative in getting into the good graces of their god, similar to how people back then placed their prayers and wishes upon priests to deliver them to God.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Redford argued that while Akhenaten called himself the son of the Sun-Disc and acted as the chief mediator between god and creation, kings for thousands of years before Akhenaten’s time had claimed the same relationship and priestly role. One of these, found in almost identical form in five tombs, is known as The Short Hymn to the Aten.

However, his purpose in writing the poem could be linked to his own political and social agenda in regards to his position as king of Egypt. God is also know for ruling all and having compassion for all. From the last part of the text, translated by Miriam Lichtheim:. When you rise from the horizon the earth grows bright; You shine as the Aten in the sky and drive away the darkness; When your rays gleam forth, the whole of Egypt is festive.

In stanza 5 Akhenaten gives the sun credit for creating woman and man, which makes a Christian think of the story in the Bible of Adam and Eve. Just as a Christian believes that once one is saved they will righteously know God, Akhenaten feels the same way about Aten because he states ” Comment by cuisines in pride of america — June 28, 8: It is evident in Akhenaten’s Hymn to the Sun that he is very passionate about Aten.


Since only he knew his father’s mind and will, Akhenaten alone could interpret that will for all mankind with true teaching coming only from him.

Akhenaten’s Hymn to the Sun

You have made the sky afar off So when you rise you can see all you have made. You arise beauteous in the horizon of the heavens Oh living Aten who creates life. It talks about the conception and birth of children. University of Michigan Press. Lines 37 through 43 and Psalm verse 14 through 18 talk about the same scenario except in these lines it has to do with the animals instead of water and it also goes into how each god takes loving care of the animals.

You must be logged in to post a comment. Akhenaten sees the sun as his one and only god and for a Christian they see God as their one and only god. Retrieved from ” https: It could possibly be because everyone puts their own god on a pedestal.

Akhenaten 41 He attempted to change the religious beliefs and ceremonies of Egypt during his reign. This might allow Akhenaten to demand the respect of the people for being a direct descendant to Aten. One wonders therefore if there is a good case for some dependency of the later on the earlier. Before much of the archaeological evidence from Thebes and from Tell el-Amarna became available, wishful thinking sometimes turned Akhenaten into a humane teacher of the true God, a mentor of Moses, a Christlike figure, a philosopher before his time.

When you shine forth in the Eastern horizon you fill every land with your beauty. At the same time, the situation during Akhenaten reign was less than peaceful with many of the people rejecting the changes he made.

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