[b-hebrew] Yahwism (was; their altars)

Uri Hurwitz uhurwitz at yahoo.com
Sun Mar 6 13:54:21 EST 2005

Yahwism was not a monolithic belief.  It is common in many belief systems 
that some sectors maintain a more primitive and ancient form.  In the case 
of Yahweh, there are some in ancient Palestine who held on to the primitive 
"bull" and his heifer consort, Asherah.  The names EL (also Ba'al) and YHWH 
may have been merged as an hypocoristicon. The Qal  of hwh taken from a 
TITLE phrase as a hypocoristicon of EL, ala Albright and Cross?  A title 
like "El causes something to come into
being".  The use of HWH, therefore appears to be WAY down on the trunk of 
the NWSem tree where it became a loan word from Aramaic to early Hebrew.

The bull YHWH of the pithoi depicted with his heifer consort Asherah 
probably reflects the early hypocoristicon of EL.  I believe the ashes of 
the red heifer are related to this very early form and to Asherah.  Asherah 
continued to be special to women even into late 2nd temple times.  The 
Yahweh of the Bronze Age Canaanites and the Yahweh of the Rabbis may have 
had a common ascendancy but were no longer the same.

Jack Kilmon


Dakma daEBadton l'chad min hoLEYN AHi zeOreh ly haw EBadton

Jack Kilmon
San Marcos, Tx
jkilmon at historian

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