Holy Moses! The Egyptian King Who Believed in One God Before the Jews

Ridley Scott's 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' tells the story of Moses, whom many consider the founder of monotheism. But its real pioneer was an Egyptian pharaoh called Akhenaten.

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Ridley Scott’s pompous new film, “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” hits the big screen this week. A kind of “Gladiator” set in the desert, it tells the story of Moses (played by Christian Bale), the Hebrew orphan...