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  •  While you're at it (12+ / 0-)

    someone needs to explain to those dim bulbs that the god of Islam is also the Christian god.

    +++ The law is a weapon used to bludgeon us peasants into submission. It is not to be applied to the monied elite.

    by cybersaur on Sun May 05, 2013 at 07:34:31 AM PDT

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    •  It's time for God to make a statement (4+ / 0-)

      Who is he/she (He/She) really talking to and who are the charlatans pretending to talk to Him/Her?

      •  Zeus is not amused. (8+ / 0-)

        The tent got so big it now stands for nothing.

        by Beelzebud on Sun May 05, 2013 at 09:19:19 AM PDT

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      •  Christian/Jewish/Muslim God is a him (4+ / 0-)
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        Yawheh/El was a warrior god of the Canaanite pantheon. The tribe that came to be known as Israel decided, for whatever reason, that they would worship him exclusively. Hence the 10 Commandments.

        First they came for the farm workers, and I said nothing.

        by Hannibal on Sun May 05, 2013 at 09:53:52 AM PDT

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        •  Interesting subject, Yahweh (11+ / 0-)

          I highly recommend The Early History of God, by Mark S. Smith, which explains from the archaeology and early written materials where Yahweh came from.  El was the creator god of Canaan.  According to Canaanite theology, El and his consort, Asherah, had 70 sons, whereupon El retired and had no further dealings in human affairs.  His sons, however, then established themselves as gods over territories throughout the world.  Among the more significant, Baal was the god of Ugarit and northern Canaan, Chemosh was the god of Moab, and Yahweh was the god of Sinai.  Since gods were considered to have power only within their territory, it was acceptable for travelers to worship the god of the country in which they happened to be.  (See Ruth, Book of.)

          In their early history, from about 1200 BCE to 750 BCE, people of the southern nation of Judah, centered on Jerusalem, primarily worshiped Yahweh, as did some people in the northern nation of Israel, centered on Samaria and Shechem.  However, for much of its history, Israelites also (and sometimes primarily-- see Ahab and Jezebel) worshiped Baal.  (Baal's symbol was the bull; hence Moses' condemnation of the golden calf in Exodus.)  After 722, when the Assyrians destroyed Israel, most of the remaining Israelites moved south into Judah and adopted Yahweh as their god.

          When Nebachudnezzar conquered Judah in 587 BCE, he took its elites as captives and held them in slavery in Babylon.  The captive Judahites continued worshiping Yahweh under the novel theory that Yahweh was not strictly territorial but could follow his chosen people wherever they went.  Thus, the Babylonian captivity was the beginning of the idea of a universal god, one whose power extended everywhere and was not restricted to a single territory.

          Also of interest is Did God Have a Wife? by William Dever, who explains how Yahweh came to take Asherah, who was originally his mother, as his consort, and how Asherah came to be worshiped alongside Yahweh until the Eighth Century BCE, when the paternalist, misogynistic Cult of Yahweh Alone began to take hold in the Temple in Jerusalem.

          There endeth the lesson.

          •  Fabulous consise history... (2+ / 0-)
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            ...of something I never knew before.

            Now I'm gonna go away and research more.  Thanks!

            ‘‘For Barack, success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the differences you make in people’s lives.’’ ~ Michelle Obama, DNC, 4 Sep 2012

            by harchickgirl1 on Sun May 05, 2013 at 02:41:36 PM PDT

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