banyai at t-online.de
Sat Sep 2 06:08:52 EDT 2000
Dave Washburn wrote:
> In Ugaritic, at least as I recall, "the bull" is one of the epithets of El,
> hence we read "The bull, El." I have no idea what the significance
> of that is, I just thought I'd toss it out FWIW.
You are perfectly right. But as a matter of fact, Baal is imagined there
also as a bull. And btw as the Phoenix bird (according to Pettinato) too.
Probably was the bull, for the ancient the utmost in masculine fertility.
However we can not expect El (or if you prefer "The bull El") being the
same with the biblical bull of El. The second ought be identified rather
There was clearly a very close association between Baal and El/Yahweh for
the early Israelites, since laters bull (golden calve) images decorated not
Baal, but El temples.
Probably was El as a not representational god just imagined as riding
standing on bulls back- so the golden calf (Baal) acted just as a kind of
Qibla and secondary statist god, inside the El/Yahweh temple. The believers
knew were inside the temple to direct their prayers to El.
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