SV: Elohim -- human or divine in Psalm 82?

barre at barre at
Thu Aug 31 18:27:17 EDT 2000

Actually, no, not originally.  El is a northwest Semitic deity known 
at Ugaritic but also from Aram.  Yahweh Sabaoth hails from Edom and 
the southern desert regions.  El heads a pantheon while Yahweh rules 
alone.  If it weren't for various syncretistic techniques used, there 
would be no reason to equate these two gods.

I have posted at my website a study called "The Yahwistic Editing of 
the Elohistic Psalter" for anyone interested in distinction between 
El and Yahweh.

L.M. Barre, Ph.D. 
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