Moses was based, at least partly, on Akhenaten

c.1624 painting of Moses by Guido Reni

Moses is a central figures in all 3 Abrahamic religions, was traditionally credited as the author of the Torah (Old Testament), and had a massive impact on the development of various civilizations. But did he exist? If not, how did the legend of a ‘Moses’ develop? The beginning of monotheism, as opposed to polytheism, can be seen in the history of ancient Egypt (14th century BCE) with the ‘heretic’ pharaoh

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