I read somewhere that the semitic religions (is semitic the right word? - i mean Judaism/Christianity/Islam) are based on an ancient egyptian sect... The idea (as far as i can remember) goes that there was a sect in egypt who worshipped a specific god (name forgotten) from the egyptian pantheon. Apparently they came up with the idea that their god was 'the one true God' - possibly because of persecution by the Egyptian high priests.. A century or so later, a guy called Moses came along and found this sect, was impressed by their ideas and thus founded Judaism... I really cant remember my sources for this, and as such can't be sure in any way of their reliability. I was just wondering if anybody else had heard this story, and whether it can be verified/discounted in any way.