Moses and Akhenaten

Brothers in Alms

Non-Fiction - Historical
344 Pages
Reviewed on 12/11/2015
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Author Biography

Ted Loukes is an independent researcher with a passion for ancient civilizations. His fascination with Ancient Egypt began when he was ten years old with a visit to the British Museum and the Treasures of Tutankhamun, a fascination that has lasted over forty years. This passion has led to the establishment of GnT Tours specializing in affordable private tours in Luxor, exploring the history, the archaeology and the Egyptology of Ancient Egypt.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Robert Kirkconnell for Readers' Favorite

Moses and Akhenaten: Brothers in Alms by Ted Loukes takes a fresh look at our most fundamental assumptions about these two men and ancient Egypt’s fascinating history. Ted has taken characters that we think we know and presented scenarios that challenge our fundamental belief systems. He sheds new light on ancient Egypt’s history, religious beliefs, social structure, and even proposes a far different chronology of events. Ted Loukes explains how our traditionally accepted timeline could be seriously flawed and pivotal events forced to fit false assumptions. Further, he illuminates how Egyptian religion and culture were far different from what we believe. Could Moses and Akhenaten have been brothers? Ted Loukes explores this fascinating question, and more!

I found Moses and Akhenaten to be a fascinating story. Ted Loukes puts us into the thoughts and beliefs of a people that were at variance with what we imagine. We assume that we know what these two enigmatic characters were like, but it turns out that everything we think we know is not as plausible as we believe. For example, Akhenaten probably recognized sunlight as the one creative life force, and did not worship the sun. Could his brother, Moses, have shared this concept and could this simple idea have been the basis of monotheism? I appreciated that Ted laid the evidence out for this and much more without forcing conclusions. Moses and Akhenaten takes us on a fascinating quest for knowledge. This well written, well-illustrated work is a treasure that will capture your imagination!

Tony Sunderland

Ted Loukes has undertaken an epic journey of historical discovery in his book Moses and Akhenaten: Brothers in Alms. He has successfully expressed academic evidence of the connection between the cultures of the ancient Egyptians and that of the Israelites in a way that not only engages readers but also propels them into an adventure into the beginnings of the Western religious tradition.
The book has been extensively researched and the complex detail is counter balanced by the clear and concise summaries that appear at the end of each section. There are also a variety of new images relating to the Heretic King and Amarna that I have not seen in other publications on this topic. Likewise the material and themes contained in the book will be of interest to those who are both new and experienced in this controversial area of Religious history.
At times, the work transcends the bounds of religion and history to include philosophical aspects of belief that are important even in today’s world. As loukes expresses the power of Aten through the words of Flinders Petrie;
“ It was a reaching forward to the truth with a truly philosophic view and determination, which anticipated the course of thought some thousands of years. “(Tell el-Amarna, Petrie)
This book not only stands on the shoulders of the other great works on this topic, it provides new insight and illumination in a way that leaves readers asking for more.