Why was Aten worship so important even in Amenhotep III's reign?

by Rex

Why was Amenhotep III's high priest at Heliopolis, Egypt so important?

Amenhotep III gave rebirth to solar sun-god Aton worship because Joshua was at war with the Amorites, and the sun stood still in the midst of heaven and did not go down about a whole day. (Joshua 10:12-14) There was no day like this before or after.

This must have caused panic among the Egyptians. First, there was Moses and the 10 plagues and now there is Joshua's request that the sun shine until the Hebrews defeated all their enemies.

Is it any wonder why Akhenaten sent no troops to Canaanite kings requesting help? Mitanni king Tushratta even had a military alliance with Akhenaten and sent no Egyptian troops to help Tushratta in his war against the Hittites.

The Bible reveals from the Exodus to Rehoboam's 4th year, some 520 years later, the Egyptians did not attack. It was the 521st year after the Exodus in Rehoboam's 5th year Shishak attacked Jerusalem. (1 Kings 14:25)

Shishak was Egypt's first king of Libyan origin. The Egyptian kings had to have heard the stories about Moses and Joshua, since they stayed away from Israel all during the Book of Judges and stayed away in the reigns of king Saul, king David and king Solomon.

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Mar 12, 2012
Archaeologist John Garstang
by: Anonymous

Archaeologist John Garstang dated the fall of Jericho to Amenhotep III's reign, finding scarabs bearing this king's name supporting the evidence
the Haribu (Hebrews) had invaded Canaan.

Tel-Amarna letters were written in the era Jericho fell. Same time the sun stood in the sky for almost 24 hours, leading Amenhotep III to sun worship in the days Joshua fought the Amorites. (Joshua 10:12-13)

Mar 10, 2012
Why was Aten worship so important?
by: Tom

Aten worship was so important as sun worship backs up Joshua's war with the Amorites. (Joshua 10:12-13)

The Egyptians all suddenly switched to sun worship. Why? The Egyptian Amenhotep III had to calm the Egyptian people's fear of the sun when the sun stood still for almost 24 hours.

We know there is this connection between Joshua's war and Egyptian sun worship because the same king Amenhotep III received the Tel Amarna letters from Canaanite kings stating the Haribu (Hebrews) had invaded Canaan.

Mar 04, 2012
The Egyptians in Western Asia
by: Tom

Joshua destroyed Jericho during Amenhotep III's reign. Amenhotep III received the Tel Amarna letters from Canaanite kings stating the Haribu (Hebrews) have invaded Canaan.

Akenaton died and the Egyptians major enemy was the Hittite empire. In Ramses II's reign there was finally peace between the Egyptians and Hittites.

During Merneptah I's reign the Egyptians had warred with the Libyans. The Syrians from the east (Judges 6:3) then attack Israel and enter Egypt. Queen Tausert even marries her Syrian butler Bay.

Ramses III is attacked by the Philistines, Libyans, Sea People's; and Ramses III later attacks the Amorites in Lebanon.

Afterwards, Ramses VI Egyptian forces are withdrawn from Asia. Shishak is the first king to invade Jerusalem after the Exodus.

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