[b-hebrew] Yahwism (was; their altars)
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.
Dakma daEBadton l'chad min hoLEYN AHi zeOreh ly haw EBadton
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