I started writing on this particular topic as a simple one post blog. It seemed a vaguely interesting idea; a link between Moses and the heretic pharaoh. How wrong I was. It grew into an unbelievable jigsaw puzzle that has led me down some very interesting paths.
I have consciously and deliberately written this book for the people who don't know Ancient Egypt, or who only have recollections from history lessons at school mixed with Hollywood's take on the whole thing, rather than for academics. It is written to be understood by everybody.
It was Sigmund Freud who first suggested that Moses was not a Hebrew, but was, in fact, of Egyptian noble stock and that he was a supporter of Akhenaten, or even Akhenaten himself. Freud claimed that Moses led his followers out of Egypt during the instability that took over after Akhenaten died.The new religion that Moses established during the wanderings in the desert was actually his own interpretation of the Atenism that he had learned as a child in the Great House. What if Moses was indeed an Egyptian, a man of noble birth, a man certainly involved in the priesthood of the time? Let us look at the evidence, or maybe we should say relook, as much of what we have been told has been distorted by time, mistranslation, and by misunderstanding. Much of the archaeology, and many of the translations of ancient texts and inscriptions, was done by scholars from an age far removed from our own, with very different societal beliefs, moralities and values. It is time we looked at these texts and inscriptions with 21st Century eyes, and maybe we will draw different conclusions and uncover different stories to the ones still taught in our schools today.