maklelan Posted June 15, 2009 Share Posted June 15, 2009 I'm doing some research related to the divine council and the development of early Israelite theology and I wanted to share some interesting insights. As part of my research I'm investigating the early epithets of God in Israel and the surrounding cultures. The Hebrew Bible has appropriated a number of epithets originally belonging to the deities of Ugarit and other Canaanite and Mesopotamian deities. One epithet of particular interest to me is â??l qn â??arṣ, which is a title for the Canaanite deity El which means "El, Creator of Earth." It has been found in a Jerusalem inscription dating to 8th-7th century BCE, as well as a number of other Semitic inscriptions (see Patrick D. Miller, Jr., "El, Creator of the Earth," Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 239 [summer 1980]: 43-46). In the Hebrew Bible we find a version of the title in Gen 14:19, 22 (â??ēl â??ely Link to comment
This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.