posted on Jan, 18 2016 @ 10:08 PM
a reply to: Gnosisisfaith
You wrote: QUOTE "You basically confirmed what I was saying. Why would you define a word for me if I used it properly? I know they merged all the
gods into Yahweh, that was my point. But thanks for telling me even though I already knew..." UNQUOTE
I believe the word you are looking for is 'Syncretism' which seemed to have made its first appearance some time around 1618. It derives from Latin
word syncretismus, drawing on Greek συγκρητισμός (synkretismos), originally meaning "Cretan federation".
Theologically speaking, Syncretism is the merging of two different gods into one single god e.g. the Roman god Serapis from 2 Egyptian gods Wuzir and
Hapi (Gk: Osiris + Apis = Serapis).
A primitive syncretism occurs in Exodus 6:3 where El Shaddai is syncretistically equivalent to YHWH, one of the rare times this is spelled out in the
text we read:
וָאֵרָא, אֶל-אַבְרָהָם אֶל-יִצְחָק וְאֶל-יַעֲקֹב--בְּאֵל שַׁדָּי; וּשְׁמִי יְהוָה,
לֹא נוֹדַעְתִּי לָהֶם
"[Although] I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as El Shaddai, by my name YHWH I did not make myself known to them..."
This appears to be an editorial 'gloss' possibly by a scribe to smooth over the fact that there were occurrences of El Shaddai ('God Almighty' ? 'God
of the Mountain' ? 'God the Destroyer' ?) in the Torah text referring to one of the pre-Exilic names for the Divine besides YHWH that had to be dealt
with. Other syncretistic names include El Elyon (i.e. 'God Most High' ? which occurs in Genesis 14.18–20 as the clan-god whose priest was
Melchizedek king of Salem) and Eloah (in the poetical sections to the book of Job, chapters 3-40)
Etymological background comments such as these (above) are merely for clarification for those on this thread, and are not aimed at any one individual
who may or may not have all the information.
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