By John Day

This masterly ebook is the climax of over twenty-five years of analysis of the influence of Canaanite faith and mythology on historical Israel and the outdated testomony. it really is John Day's magnum opus during which he units forth all his major arguments and conclusions at the topic. The paintings considers intimately the connection among Yahweh and some of the gods and goddesses of Canaan, together with the top gods El and Baal, the good goddesses (Asherah, Astarte and Anat), astral deities (Sun, Moon and Lucifer), and underworld deities (Mot, Resheph, Molech and the Rephaim). Day assesses either what Yahwism assimilated from those deities and what it got here to reject. extra in general he discusses the effect of Canaanite polytheism on historical Israel and the way monotheism was once finally accomplished.

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Yahweh and the Gods and Goddesses of Canaan (The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies)

This masterly e-book is the climax of over twenty-five years of analysis of the effect of Canaanite faith and mythology on old Israel and the outdated testomony. it really is John Day's magnum opus within which he units forth all his major arguments and conclusions at the topic. The paintings considers intimately the connection among Yahweh and some of the gods and goddesses of Canaan, together with the top gods El and Baal, the nice goddesses (Asherah, Astarte and Anat), astral deities (Sun, Moon and Lucifer), and underworld deities (Mot, Resheph, Molech and the Rephaim).

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10-14. These geographical data are sufficient to refute the thesis of C. Westermann46 that the Yah wist did not have some particular location in mind. Its location at the source of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers suggests either Armenia (at their western end) or the Persian Gulf (at their eastern end). A. Speiser47 supposed this to be in mind in Gen. 10-14—this does not appear to be the case here. Two important considerations suggest that Eden was located rather at the other end, in Armenia. First, as Albright pointed out,48 the river flowing from Eden became four head and claims that this is due to a later redactor's misunderstanding of its original purpose.

7; b. Qidd. 71 A), as well as by the New Testament in Mt. 16-22, which also speaks of swearing by the gold of the temple. Interestingly, as will be seen in the next section, there is considerable cumulative evidence that the Asherah had the nature of a stylized tree, and pithos A from Kuntillet 'Ajrud actually depicts a stylized tree flanked by two ibexes, and this probably illustrates the Asherah alluded to in the inscription. What Was the Asherah? At some point, perhaps about the time of the exile, the cult of Asherah disappeared among the Jews as absolute monotheism became solidified.

Lemaire36 still maintains this view. 32. However, one may reply that to speak of making a tree would be something more difficult to conceive than any of the above. E. Taylor38 has recently argued that the Asherim were pruned living trees, and thinks that the verb 'asa is not incompatible with such, which is more conceivable. Again, both Lemaire and Taylor argue39 that the verbs band and ndsab were only really appropriately used in connection with the high places and sacred pillars, but if this were so one would have expected a different verb to be used with the 35.

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