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Moses and Akhenaten:

Moses and Akhenaten:

Memory and History

Chapter:
(p.61) 4 Moses and Akhenaten
Source:
From Akhenaten to Moses
Author(s):
Jan Assmann
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774166310.003.0005

There is no direct causal link between Akhenaten and Moses. There are, however, connections that arise in legendary memories and other traditions. In Egypt, there is the legend of a religious crime, the suppression of the traditional gods, connected with plagues, persecution but eventual triumph, a clear echo of the Amarna experience. The book of Exodus contains the same motifs: suppression, plagues, and eventual triumph.

Keywords:   memory, history, trauma, triumph

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