Why did Akhenaten risk everything, fly in the face of the entire Egyptian Priesthood, close the temples and move everyone hundreds of miles into the desert to worship “the One God”?

According to the Christian bible the Hebrew Patriarch, Joseph, was sold into slavery in Egypt by his jealous brothers when he was 17.  He explained some dreams which the Pharaoh was having and saved Egypt from famine.  As a reward for this he was made Vizier, second in command only to the Pharaoh himself.  In time he sent for his brothers and father to join him in Egypt.  His family and tribe are said to have stayed in Egypt for 430 years until Moses led them out of Egypt taking the bones of Joseph with them.   Many historians say the Exodus took place either at the end of the reign of Ramses II or that of his son, Merenptah.

Based on archaeological evidence, historical Egyptian evidence as well as the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Koran, the Talmud and certain parts of the Bible there is now another theory being widely subscribed to as follows:

There is a tomb in the Valley of the Kings – the tomb of Yuya and Thuya.  The evidence from the tomb suggests that Yuya was born between 1452 and 1439 BC and died in his 60’s between 1393 and 1379BC.  This suggests hat he died during the reign of Amenhotep III. Some inscriptions in the tomb describe him as

“He whom the King made Great and Wise, whom the King has made his Double”

And “the holy father of the Lord of the Two Land “ – which is a title also claimed by Joseph of the bible.

This Yuya appears to be not of royal blood yet is buried in the Valley of the Kings and many of the possessions buried with him appear to have been given him by the royal family.  The name “Yuya” has not been found before this in Egypt and does not appear to be Egyptian.  His ears were not pierced as the Egyptians’ were and his hands were positioned with the palms facing the neck under the chin, not in the usual Osirian form of crossing the hands over the chest.

Yuya and his wife, Thuya, (who appears to have been Egyptian) had a daughter called Tiye.  It appears that  the Pharaoh Amenhotep III became Pharaoh at the age of 12 and because the line of succession was through the royal females, he married his sister, Sitamun.  But then he broke with tradition and also married Tiye, (who was only 8 years old) and made her his Great Royal Wife and Queen instead of Sitamun.  Amenhotep III appears to have loved Tiye very much, he built many shrines for her and she is the first Queen to be portrayed with the King in a statue where she is the same size as the king.  This statue is in the museum in Cairo.

If Yuya is Joseph and he was the grand-father of Akhenaten……now we have a reason for Akhenaten and Nefertiti’s seemingly bizarre decision to upset the priesthood , throw Thebes into chaos and move everyone hundreds of miles away into the desert to worship the “ONE God” under the guise of the ATEN (Sun)

This theory is the source of a book called “Stranger in the Valley of the Kings” by Ahmed Osman




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