posted on Jun, 17 2006 @ 08:51 PM
Judaism - the tradition of those who put the Bible together - were clearly a polytheistic religious tradition. There are many places in the Old
Testament that indicate the existence of other gods such as Baal, the "us" who were to investigate the Tower of Babel, the "let us create man in
our image" in Genesis, etc. It wasn't until the second book of Isaiah, while the Jews were in Babylon and experiencing in a very direct way the
gods of the Babylonians, that they began to conceive of a single God and began their journey towards a monotheistic religion. This was in about 580
B.C., which, when you consider the probable age of the earliest writings, is a very late period in the religion. This is also the time that the Torah
was put together, according to most scholars of repute. If you're interested in doing some reading do a search on the "Documentary Hypothesis" and
a book called "Who Wrote the Bible" by Richard Friedman - the book is not, by any means, a scholarly study but it does touch on some important
points and can serve as a good background to further investigation as long as you don't take it too seriously.
Do some serious investigating if you're curious, and I guarantee you will find something that will astound and fascinate you. The history of
religon is the history of humanity and the Bible that we have today is the preserver of many voices, not just the procalimer of one - which is
something we can learn from. Take a look at the story of Noah -- in one part it says he took animals two by two (the most popular element of the
story), but that same story also contains a section where it says Noah took animals seven by seven = there were two stories that were combined into
one and the two different stories were written by a priestly caste who believed in animal sacrifice (the seven by seven author) and another priestly
caste who did not (the two by two author). In Babylon,during the exhile in the 500's B.C. these stories were combined and the Torah created from many
smaller and independently written books = the genesis of monotheism.