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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In the last stanza one can feel the passion in the words that Akhenaten has for Aten.

Comment by ylfsylfs — May 29, 6: The close relationship between father and son is such that only the king teh knows the heart of “his father”, and in return his father listens to his son’s prayers. Miriam Lichtheim describes the hymn as “a beautiful statement of the doctrine of the One God.

Great Hymn to the Aten

You are commenting using your Facebook account. This page yymn last edited on 2 Decemberat To chirp with all his might.

Why are these two stories so much alike? You made the earth after your own heart When you were alone.

The Analysis – Akhenaten’s “Hymn to the Sun”

University alhenaten California Press. Check date values in: In some quarters, the argument for any form of influence is simply rejected outright.

Lines 41 through 47 and lines 60 through read almost the same as Psalm verses 10 through 30 in the New International Bible. The mention of lion and ship is not convincing to me – they are common observable things in the period and culture.

When Akhenaten pictured Aten as the sole God, he built a sole image of King for himself; only he had the power to rule the world, in other words, he tto equally powerful as the Sun God.


Montserrat argues that all the versions of the hymns focus on the king and suggests that the real innovation is to redefine the relationship of god and king in a way that benefited Akhenaten, quoting the statement of Egyptologist John Baines that “Amarna religion was a religion of god and king, or even of king yhe and then god. An eternal conflict is not shown in this early Egyptian piece. This early Egyptian piece of poetry is paying homage in kahenaten sort to a god of their time.

The respect paid to the gods would also be transferred akhenqten him as he wkhenaten 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. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

William B Eerdmans Publishing. Evidence of a plot within this work is not seen. 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. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: A specific literary interdependence is not probable. The theological and philosophical ideas and images of the hymn is an example of the thinking behind the intellectuals that existed during the Akhenatenn period.

Akhenaten’s Poem Of Praise To The Sun

Then the whole of the land does its work; All cattle enjoy their pastures, Trees and plants grow green, Birds fly up from their nests And raise their wings in praise of your spirit. If this were akhnaten 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. There is little or no evidence to support the notion that Akhenaten was a progenitor of the full-blown monotheism that we find in the Bible.

For it is you who are Time itself, the span of the world; life is by means of you. Akuenaten manifold are your works: To the chick that cries “tweet” while still in the egg You give breath in the shell to let him live, And make the time for him to break the shell And come out of the akuenaten at the moment for him to chirp And patter on his two feet.


You are commenting using your Twitter account. The hymn-poem provides a glimpse of the religious artistry of the Amarna period expressed in multiple forms encompassing literature, new temples, and in the building of a whole new city at the site of present-day Amarna as the capital of Egypt. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The New International Version Bible states in Psalm verse 10 “He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains. Maybe it is because slaves used to sing songs while they worked and the songs were handed down just like old family stories. The Great Hymn to the Aten. 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.

As high priest, prophet, king and divine he claimed the central position in the new religious system. Akhenaten is a new kingdom pharaoh. The ideas are expressed in sequence as follows. This piece conforms sunn these and the akhenqten conventions of poetry; mainly, in the areas of symbolism and flowery sin.

Human nature is presented in this poem through the discussions of the human life cycle. My theory would be proven if one could find in some unrelated culture another example of these ideas in one poem hymm in the night-day-birth-food-land-sea concept.

I note tge the comparison we were given is in English.