Yahweh and the Gods and Goddesses of Canaan

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Jun 15, 2010 - Religion - 290 pages
This masterly book is the climax of over twenty-five years of study of the impact of Canaanite religion and mythology on ancient Israel and the Old Testament. It is John Day's magnum opus in which he sets forth all his main arguments and conclusions on the subject. The work considers in detail the relationship between Yahweh and the various gods and goddesses of Canaan, including the leading gods El and Baal, the great goddesses (Asherah, Astarte and Anat), astral deities (Sun, Moon and Lucifer), and underworld deities (Mot, Resheph, Molech and the Rephaim). Day assesses both what Yahwism assimilated from these deities and what it came to reject. More generally he discusses the impact of Canaanite polytheism on ancient Israel and how monotheism was eventually achieved.
 

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As a Pastor, i really find it interesting that wise people, wants to lay out the words and meaning and understanding of the Old Testament Time Religions. A language which they may just be able to talk and read slightly but has not grown up with in all the understanding of those languages. I read nowhere about the Elohim, the Creator God and the Covenant God. El's Meaning as Creator, Plural the Elohim God, the Covenant YHWH or Yod Hay Vav Hay God, who is all, " ONE GOD ".
All in There right time made known to the human race on earth.
Why does people who are so clever not seeing this as facts ? Are the wise ones who laid out all this great info, Hebrews, Arabs or Westerners, in making such mistakes in their teachings above. Then too, the Sumerians are a much older Group of Humans as Nation in the Middle East, in a much younger time frame then the Canaanites in Bible times.
 

Contents

Preface
7
Abbreviations
8
Chapter 1 YAHWEH AND EL
13
Chapter 2 YAHWEH AND ASHERAH
42
Chapter 3 YAHWEH VERSUS BAAL
68
Chapter 4 YAHWEHS APPROPRIATION OF BAAL IMAGERY
91
Chapter 5 YAHWEH AND THE GODDESSES ASTARTE AND ANAT AND THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN
128
Chapter 6 YAHWEH AND THE ASTRAL DEITIES SUN MOON AND LUCIFER
151
Chapter 7 YAHWEH AND THE UNDERWORLD DEITIES MOT RESHEPH MOLECH AND THE REPHAIM
185
THE CANAANITE GODS AND GODDESSES AND THE RISE OF MONOTHEISM
226
Bibliography
234
Index of References
264
Index of Authors
276
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John Day is Professor of Old Testament Studies in the University of Oxford, and Fellow & Tutor of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. He has written or edited numerous books and articles, and in 2014 is President of the Society for Old Testament Study.

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