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

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