“… around the same time that Akhenhaten was overseeing his religious revolution, Ahab was overseeing a religious revolution in the Northern Kingdom”.
If Amun is the one God as I have suggested, then Akhenhaten’s attempt to erase the worship of Amun from Egypt and replace it with the “alternative monotheism” of Atenism must be seen as pernicious. Let us ask ourselves, then: on a revised chronology, what was occurring in Israel at this time?
In fact, around the same time that Akhenhaten was overseeing his religious revolution, Ahab was overseeing a religious revolution in the Northern Kingdom, replacing the worship of Yahweh with the worship of Baal: all this inspired by his devotion to his Sidonian wife Jezebel.
Similarly, in Egypt, Akhenhaten’s religious revolution is inspired by his devotion to his wife Nefertiti.
Scholars have commented on the remarkable similarity between the famous “Jezebel seal” discovered in Palestine and the symbolism of the “14th century” Queen Nefertiti. Could it perhaps be that after Ahab dies, Jezebel marries Akhenhaten and attempts to do the same thing there? Or perhaps it was a sister of Jezebel. Whatever the truth is, the chronological convergence between our two religious revolutions is remarkable.
In the Northern Kingdom of Israel, Jehu vigorously wipes out the Baalist revolution. On a revised chronology, what do we find? We find that the great reforming pharaoh Horemheb is doing the same to Atenism in Egypt. We also find that:
1. The length of the reigns of Jehu and Horemheb is identical. On a revised chronology, they arguably begin and end their reigns in identical years.
2. Horemheb is of unknown lineage. He was certainly not Egyptian royalty.
3. Horemheb does not put a son on the Egyptian throne. Instead, he appoints his vizier, Rameses I, as Pharaoh, thus beginning the 19th Dynasty of Egypt.
All of this suggests that it is possible or probable that Jehu actually is Horemheb, king of Egypt, who took the same measures in Egypt that he took in Israel to wipe out the Atenist/Baalist cult