James K Hoffmeier
Professor, History and Archeology, Trinity International University

James K Hoffmeier is professor of Old Testament and Ancient near-eastern history and archaeology at Trinity International University in Illinois. His latest book is Genesis: History, Fiction, Or Neither? Three Views on the Bible’s Earliest Chapters (2015), co-authored with Gordon Wenham and Kenton L Sparks.

Written by James K Hoffmeier

A small stele, probably used as a home altar, depicts Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti with their three eldest daughters. Aten is represented as a sun-disc with the Sun’s rays ending in hands proffering Ankh signs to the royal couple. Amarna period, c1340 BCE. Courtesy the Neues Museum, Berlin

Essay/
Religion
The first God

Out of the many gods of ancient Egypt an inspired Pharaoh created a monotheistic faith. What was Atenism and why did it fail?

James K Hoffmeier