Pharaoh Smenkhkare in Ahmed Osman’s Writings

Quotes concerning Pharaoh Smenkhkare from the book Moses and Akhenaten, Bear and Company, copyright 1990, 2002, by Ahmed Osman. Available at

Osman uses the spelling “Semenkhkare”, whereas the traditional rendering among adherents of the Religion of Light in English is “Smenkhkare.”

The purpose of this paper is to briefly analyse Osman’s theories in light of the teaching of Mir Izgadda and the Pillars of the Religion of Light of as a whole.

Smenkhkare a descendant of Patriarch Joseph
“The four Amarna kings – Akhenaten, Semenkhkare, Tutankhamun an Aye – who ruled during a tumultuous period of Egyptian history when an attempt was made to replace the country’s multitude of ancient gods with a monotheistic God, were all descendants of Joseph the Patriarch.” (pages 2, 3)

Names wiped out
“Egypt tried to wipe out all trace of the four Amarna kings – Akhenaten, Semenkhkare, Tutankhamun and Aye – by excising their names from the king lists and monuments after the fall of the Amarna regime.” (page 27, see also 92)

Osman identifies Smenkhkare as Akhenaten’s “brother”
“his [Moses’/Akhenaten’s] brother, Semenkhkare, as his coregent at Thebes.” (page 63)

“As we know that Akhenaten was not married until around the time the coregency started, this rules out the possibility that Semenkhkare was his son, and it is most likely that he was Akhenaten’s full brother.” (page 146)

The theory that Akhenaten and Smenkhkare are brothers does not agree with the teaching of His Divine Presence. (See notes below)

Smenkhare’s Kingship and Names
According to Osman, “Semenkhkare did not long survive the departure of Moses – perhaps only a few days – and was replaced on the throne by Moses’ son, the boy king Tutankhamun.” (page 63) This agrees with statements made by His Divine Presence where he said, “Smenkhkare did not rule but more than three and half years or so.”

For additional information concerning his kingship being confirmed by artefacts, and general information regarding his identity see pages 68, 69, 131, 132.

“Semenkhkare was was given Nefertiti’s official name – Nefer-neferuaten, beloved of Waenre (Akhenaten). Initially, Semenkhkare and his queen lived with Akhenaten in the royal palace at Amarna.” (page 132) This statement is in agreement with His Divine Presence’s teaching.

Further information concerning Smenkhkare’s name and epithets can be found on page 154 of Osman’s book.

Smenkhkare as Akhenaten’s Son
Osman quotes an author* who says, “We are compelled to accept the remarkable likeness of the two skulls as indicating a common origin and that in all probability Semenkhkare and Tutankhamun were brothers.” (page 235)

While we do not agree with everything the author* wrote, the above statement does in fact agree with His Divine Presence’s teaching that Smenkhkare and Tutankhaten were sons of Akhenaten, and thus brothers.

Osman believes that Akhenaten and Smenkhkare are brothers (see pages 63, 146), but this theory does not agree with His Divine Presence’s teaching. Mir Izgadda says that Semenkhkare was Akhenaten’s son by another wife (other than Nefertiti). This makes Smenkhkare and Tutankhaten half brothers as noted above.

Smenkhkare’s relationships
“Merytaten [Meritaten], Akhenaten’s eldest daughter…was married to Semenkhare” (page 243) This agrees with the facts presented by His Divine Presence that Meritaten was Smenkhkare’s half sister. Smenkhkare was also a consort to Akhenaten and both reigned as Pharaohs. Smenkhkare was older than Tutankhaten.


1. Akhenaten is the same person as Moses; he descended from Joseph the Patriarch.

2. Akhenaten was the father of Smenkhkare.

3. Smenkhare’s mother was not Nefertiti, but another wife of Akhenaten.

4. Akhenaten and Smenkhkare co-ruled Egypt.

5. There was a period of time which Smenkhkare and his wife Meritaten lived in Akhenaten’s household.

6. Meritaten was a half sister to Smenkhkare.

7. After the death of Nefertiti, Smenkhkare became the consort of Akhenaten.

8. After the death of Smenkhkare, Tutankhaten became the new Pharaoh.


* Cyril Aldred, ‘The Tomb of Akhenaten at Thebes’, page 51. Available at

Compiled by Benyamin Tarendra, 28 December 2014,

Additional credits: Temple of Aten

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