posted on May, 12 2012 @ 11:12 AM
Originally posted by CodyOutlaw
reply to post by 1nOne
I'm afraid the link you provided for comparisons between the Babylonian god Marduk and the clan God Yahweh has no scholarly value whatsoever.
The clan god Yahweh can most evidently be traced back to the monotheism of the Hyksos, whose sole worship of Set was in turn to become Judaism.
The Babylonian god Marduk was a syncretization of the Sumerian gods Asarluhi and Ninib.
Yes, that link was the first I came across and I used it just to refute the claim that there were absolutely no similarities between the two gods .
You are right, it is not well-grounded scholarly research.
In any case, I hold that the Babylonian Marduk and the Hebrew Mordecai are a sycretism, as are Ishtar and Esther. I do believe there is no reference
in the book of Esther to either a "Yahweh" or "Elohim".
The name "Mordechai" is of uncertain origin but is considered identical to the name Marduka or Marduku attested as the name of officials in the
Persian court in thirty texts (the Persepolis Texts) from the period of Xerxes I and his father Darius, and may refer to up to four individuals, one
of which might very well be the biblical Mordecai.
The name is commonly interpreted as a theophoric name referring to the god Marduk with the understanding that it means "[servant/follower/devotee] of
Marduk" in Aramaic. (The Book of Daniel contains similar accounts of Jews living in exile in Babylonia being assigned names relating to Babylonian
The Talmud (Menachot 64b and 65a) relates that his full name was "Mordechai Bilshan" (which occurs in Ezra 2:2 and Nehemiah 7:7). Hoschander
interpreted this as the Babylonian marduk-bel-shunu meaning "Marduk is their lord", "Mordecai" being thus a hypocoristicon.
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