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El Yahweh The Cannonites and Israel If one decided to study the concept of Yahweh from his beginning and the premise that is Yahweh one would be able to find many ties to the Cannonite idea of El The concept of El can be seen in how EL and Yahweh are both identified in characteristics that El and Yahweh share and even the name Israel shows the concept of El First we must understand who El was to the Cannonites To the Cannonites El was the highest power El was the father of all the lesser deities El was worshiped as the main god of their religion He was seen as a functional and superstitious god El was in like Yahweh except in the Cannonite religion there were other gods For instance El was the father of Baal Baal would later become the main god of enemies of Israel and compete with Yahweh for the love of Israels people The covenant was the act that separated El from Yahweh Yahweh the patron god of Israel was derived from El This is evident because the people of Israel came from Cannon After the covenant Israel took the concept of El and changed it into Yahweh only one god who was all powerful but also vengeful and jealous of other gods This all-powerful Yahweh however was still much like Cannons concept of El Even in Yahwehs titles he is El Roi El Shaddia and Elohim the father of the years compassionate and the father of human kind All three names incorporate the concept of El The story of El creating the world predates the creation stories in Genesis Early Israelites took over temples to El in Bethel Shechem and other Cannon cities This shows that when the Israelites came through Cannon after taking over shrines to El they incorporated many of the principles of El into the concept of Yahweh Yahweh is essentially El the
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