Elohim (gods)


Elohim (gods)

In the Levantine pantheon, the Elohim are the sons of El the ancient of days (olam) assembled on the divine holy place, Mount Zephon (Jebel Aqra). This mountain, which lies in Syria, was regarded as a portal to its heavenly counterpart. The Elohim are ruled by the El called Hadad the most high (elyon) who was known among the common people as "the master" ("Baal"). Assembled on the holy mountain of heaven and ruled by one, the pantheon (Elohim) acts as one. The enemy of the Elohim is Yam whom El also created.

In the Hebrew Bible "Elohim" is predominantly a singular noun used as a name for God. Some have suggested that this is evidence of polytheistic or henotheistic roots of Judaism. However, the use of a plural form for a singular noun is attested in Hebrew in a few other instances.

See also

* Elohim (disambiguation)
* Ugaritic religion
* Semitic gods
* Aramean religion
* Judeo-Paganism

External links

* [http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Lofts/2938/baalyam.html#14 Online text: "The Epic of Ba'al (Hadad)"]
* [http://home.comcast.net/~chris.s/canaanite-faq.html#A2 Canaanite/Ugaritic Mythology]
* [http://www.biblicalheritage.org/Bible%20Studies/canaan-gods.htm Ugarit and Biblical Heritage] - An excellent site on descriptions of the primary and minor gods, with generous excerpts from the actual stories.


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