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Moses, Akhenaten and the Troubled Birth of Monotheism (Online Option)

This course was offered in Fall, 2017.

3,370 years ago (give or take) marks the birth moment of the first one-god faith: Akhenaten's Atenism in Egypt. It failed, but the second attempt (in Israel) ultimately gave birth to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. While Akhenaten leaves barely a ripple in the sacred texts of today's monotheistic faiths, Moses is part of the bedrock.

Our course will explore the lives (and myths) surrounding both characters and introduce the two very different worlds in which they lived. It will also visit Alexandria around 300 BCE to discover how Akhenaten's faded memory may have fueled both hatred of Moses, and the Jews living there.

This course will be available to registered students via Adobe Connect distance learning software at no extra charge, both live and via full video recording. Students may attend live in the classroom, live online, or anytime via recording.


# Sessions
Date & time

Monday, October 2, 9 16
7:00-8:30 PM

$45 for the public
$40 for members
$35 for seniors and students
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Oct 02 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon Lehrhaus Jehon Grist
Egyptian Religion, 3,000-900 BCE
Oct 09 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon Lehrhaus Jehon Grist
Canaanite/Israelite Religion, 2000-500 BCE
Oct 16 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Mon Lehrhaus Jehon Grist
Memory vs. Monotheism in Egypt


Lehrhaus Judaica

828 San Pablo Ave.

Suite 105

Albany, CA 94706



Jehon Grist

Jehon GristJehon Grist, Ph.D., is Chief Operating Officer and Senior Educator of Lehrhaus Judaica. He earned his doctorate in Near Eastern Studies from UC Berkeley, where he was a Regents' Fellow. He has conducted field research in Israel, the Gaza Strip, and the Valley of the Queens in southern Egypt.