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From Akhenaten to MosesAncient Egypt and Religious Change$
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Jan Assmann

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9789774166310

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774166310.001.0001

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Moses and Akhenaten:

Moses and Akhenaten:

Memory and History

(p.61) 4 Moses and Akhenaten
From Akhenaten to Moses

Jan Assmann

American University in Cairo Press

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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