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[[File:Akhenaten_as_a_Sphinx_(Kestner_Museum).jpg|thumbnail|Akhenaten as a Sphinx with the Sun God]]
While monotheism is seen as something that has derived from Judaism, the history of how monotheism became pervasive is complex. Integrating both historical and archaeological data, we find that the rise of monotheism has been influenced by key political events. These political events help transform not just these early monotheistic faiths but also by extension many parts of the world today.