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The New Kingdoms Eighteenth Dynasty 1540-1293 BC was an era for expansion of religious reform Noble et al 28 It was a time of opportunities and of conflict Noble et al 30 The passage Akhenatons Hymn to the Aton written in Ancient writing was translated by John L Foster with permission from the Biblical Society of Literature in 1995 Press It was an enlightening and free spirited hymn that described the universal power of Aton This hymn was written by the pharaoh who wanted to transform Egypts religious practices into a monotheistic faith based on the worship of Aton the god of the sun disk Homework handout 1 This ruler was no one other than Akhenaton also referred to Amenhotep IV during the time In Akhenatons Hymn to the Aton Akhenaton described in Praise of the living Horakhty who rejoices the Horizonta in his Name if the divine Light which is in the Sundisk living eternally and forever the living Aton Brophy et al 63 Aton was the personification of the suns power as manifested in the sun disk Brophy et al 63 He created the existence of life form on earth as well as things that are invisible to human eyes Akhenaton described Aton as an incredible god from beyond who gives origin of lives Yet your refers to Aton rays encompass the lands to the limits of all which you have created Though you are far your rays are over the earth and you are in the faces of those who watch your journeying Brophy et al 63 Akhenaton meant that the Sun god has the power to cover the land with his rays Even thought the sun is high in the sky it can be view by everyone and be with us every where Aton is not only exclusive in Egypt instead it spread to all the foreign lands far away yet you Aton made their lives possible Brophy et al
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