Who is Yahweh - How a Warrior-Storm God became the God of the Israelites and World Monotheism


How did a warrior-storm god become Yahweh, the god of world Abrahamic monotheism? By tracing the earliest history of Yahweh ("The One Exists") to his origins in the area around Mt Seir to his immigration during the Bronze Age Collapse to the Judea Highlands around Shiloh, this episode explores the early history of the Israelite God. How did Yahweh and his Yahwism transform in theater of Canaanite religion - dominated by El, Ba'al, Asherah, Anat and other myth figures? What aspects of local religion did the Yahwists assimilate, reject and contend over in that process? This episode explore the early history of Yahweh and the rise of Yahweh henotheism/monolatry and primitive monotheism.

Recommended Readings:
Smith - The Early History of God - 978-0802839725
Smith - The Origins of Biblical Monotheism - 978-0195167689
Cross - Canaanite Myth and Hebrew Epic - 978-0674091764
Dever - Beyond the Texts: An Archaeological Portrait of Ancient Israel and Judah - 978-0884142188
Dever - Has Archaeology Buried the Bible? - 978-0802877635
Day - Yahweh and the Gods and Goddesses of Canaan - 978-0826468307
Stavrakopoulou - God: An Anatomy - 978-1509867356
Lewis - The Origin and Character of God - 978-0197687543
Zevit - The Religions of Ancient Israel: A Synthesis of Parallactic Approaches - 978-0826463395

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