Christians are so often obsessed with ‘Yahweh’ (YHWH) being the one true God, but is he? (YHWH) ‘יהוה is known as the ‘tetragrammaton’ and is the name allegedly revealed to ‘Moses’ as the true name of God, and it was only in the 19th century did theologians begin calling him Yahweh, or sometimes he was known as (JHVH) ‘Jehovah’ which contains the consonants from JHVH and the vowels from the Hebrew name for ‘Lord’ (ădōnāy), and despite YHWH being mentioned in the ‘Torah’, devout Jews will never say the name out loud as it’s considered disrespectful, and unutterable. As Judaism went from being regional to international the Jews began using the name ‘Elohim’ to describe their God as having superiority over others.
The ‘Canaanites‘, who were in the regions that are now ‘Syria, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon‘ that are known as the ‘Levant’ (شَام) worshipped many Gods (polytheistic) and YHWH was just one of them. ʼĒl ’ and ‘Asherah’ were the top of the hierarchy, and Yahweh was a subordinate God. ‘Samaria’ which is now known as Israel went from polytheism to accepting monotheism in the form of ‘Yahwism’, and he became Israel’s national God. Yahwism initially co-existed with primitive forms of ‘Judaism’ which historians say took a significant influence from ‘Zoroastrianism’, which is one of the world’s oldest known religions.
“What has become of Sutekh, once the high god of the whole Nile Valley? What has become of:
All there were gods of the highest eminence. Many of them are mentioned with fear and trembling in the Old Testament. They ranked, five or six thousand years ago, with Yahweh Himself; the worst of them stood far higher than Thor. Yet they have all gone down the chute, and with them the following:
You may think I spoof. That I invent the names. I do not. Ask the rector to lend you any good treatise on comparative religion: You will find them all listed. They were gods of the highest standing and dignity-gods of civilized peoples-worshiped and believed in by millions. All were omnipotent, omniscient and immortal.
And all are dead.” – H.L. Mencken
So how did Yahweh go from being quite low down in the Canaan hierarchy to having billions of present day followers believing he is the creator of all? Canaan worshipped a great number of Gods and there’s significant evidence of this, and it’s only more recently in the history of Judaism that they’ve looked back at the early days of Canaan and made the claim that all the time they believed in the one true ultimate God. This one ultimate God is now the Abrahamic God, and is now seen as the ultimate creator in ‘Judaism‘, ‘Islam‘ and ‘Christianity‘.
Yahweh is potentially taken from Egyptian mythology and became a desert war God of the ‘Timna mines‘ and the metallurgy that moved into early Canaan pantheon, before he became the God of the Jews. So his origin and legitimacy as being the one true God and the creator of the universe is highly questionable to say the least. Even the name Israel is derived from the God ʼĒl’ who was the original God of Israel, not Yahweh, and is claimed to have fathered many Gods who share attributes with Greek Gods. So when did ʼĒl’ become insignificant or non existent and a lesser God rise to power? This is a classic case of a cult arising from folklore and there’s clearly no more chance of Yahweh being a supreme being than ‘Zeus‘.