Event Title

Out of Ugarit: Origins of the Biblical God in Ancient Syria

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Karla Bohmbach

Start Date

23-4-2019 4:00 PM

End Date

23-4-2019 5:00 PM

Description

For many twenty-first century Christians, Jews, and Muslims, suggesting that their religion was founded in “idolatry” would be unacceptable. The faithful cling to the monotheistic principle as laying the groundwork for their religious world-views. But archaeological tablets unearthed in the ancient Syrian city of Ugarit complicate this notion by telling about deities such as Asherah, Baal, and El, who strongly resemble Yahweh. The Ugaritic myths have many parallels to biblical passages, and the Ugaritic divinities share many personal traits with the Abrahamic God. When analysed closely, this material suggests that Yahweh was born out of this earlier polytheistic tradition, which likely carried on in Israel for centuries after its founding.

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Out of Ugarit: Origins of the Biblical God in Ancient Syria

For many twenty-first century Christians, Jews, and Muslims, suggesting that their religion was founded in “idolatry” would be unacceptable. The faithful cling to the monotheistic principle as laying the groundwork for their religious world-views. But archaeological tablets unearthed in the ancient Syrian city of Ugarit complicate this notion by telling about deities such as Asherah, Baal, and El, who strongly resemble Yahweh. The Ugaritic myths have many parallels to biblical passages, and the Ugaritic divinities share many personal traits with the Abrahamic God. When analysed closely, this material suggests that Yahweh was born out of this earlier polytheistic tradition, which likely carried on in Israel for centuries after its founding.