[b-hebrew] Linguistic, historical, cultural origins of yahweh

George Athas George.Athas at moore.edu.au
Wed Dec 3 04:45:02 EST 2008

The emergence of Yahweh as a deity is generally associated with southern localities, such as Edom, Midian, and Teyman, all of which are in southern Jordan and northern Saudi Arabia. This might be what is preserved in texts which talk about Yahweh coming from the south. And, as Yigal has already mentioned, Yahweh came to be the patron deity of both Israel and Judah.

Some good resources to consult on this issue include the books by Mark Smith: "The Early History of God" and "Memoirs of God". You could also try Richard Hess' work, "Israelite Religions", and even the older title edited by Diana Edelman, "Triumph of Elohim".

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