The Exodus dates to around this time, which would give good reason to abandon the Gods of old.
And it caused a whole new culture to sprout in Amarna which then was stamped out under King Tut.
“According to tradition, Exodus and the other four books of the Torah were written by Moses in the latter half of the 2nd millennium BC, and modern biblical scholarship sees it reaching its final form around 450 BC.”
It’s a real eye-opener to most Americans to realize that the Kingdoms of Egypt lasted about 3000 years, but that much of the framework of that guess is very rickety indeed, with lots of hundred year or more periods based on just the slightest evidence. Archaeology isn’t easy.
As an aside, I and some friends had a huge laugh while visiting the “Splendors of Ancient Egypt” touring exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum in 2000. Their last exhibit was of a painted “Greco-Roman Period” wooden coffin with a mummy.
The outside of the coffin was painted in broad red and white horizontal stripes, and the inside of the lid section over the face of the mummy was painted in a dark blue, with white stars in it to look like the night sky. And when this lid section was opened, it looked much like the American flag!
“Well,” I said to my friends, “at least we know the time machine works halfway!”
N.B.: The Greco-Roman period overlapped the year zero. Prime time for a Christian time traveler.