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New theory says YHWH originated as Canaanite "Vulcan"

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     A pretty interesting theory.  The actual article is pay-walled but I found the text over at Reddit in the comments.

 

     The gist is that YHWH was a god of metallurgy.  I do like this idea since I've often thought of him as a bit of a volcano god although that wasn't entirely satisfying in the way this theory is.  Anyway, it's worth going to Reddit and giving it a read (unless you subscribe to Haaretz).

 

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I was able to read the link to Haaretz from Reddit without a problem. 

 

I'm not convinced that passages that describe Yahweh with volcanic metaphors imply a direct connection to metallurgy among his worshippers. Yahweh is also described as a lion and having lion-like qualities. Can we use this as evidence to propose that the original worshippers of Yahweh were lion keepers? It sounds like more myth-rationalizing. 

 

However, I do think the author is on the right track by suggesting a strong link between religious worship and economics. 

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I thought YHWH was Baal.  How do the two hypotheses compare?

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21 minutes ago, BroTom said:

I read (somewhere?) that possibly YHWH was an onomatopoeia for the sound of breathing. 

 

For those with COPD, perhaps.  For those with healthy lungs, I don't think so.

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On 4/13/2018 at 9:23 AM, mymistake said:

I thought YHWH was Baal.  How do the two hypotheses compare?

 

They were both two of the "son's of El" within the Elohim pantheon, both below El Elyon the most high god, the father over these sons. Each of these gods ruled over the various nations, YHWH being for Israel....

 

 

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