Shaddai as a toponym
The term may mean "God of the mountains," referring to the Mesopotamian divine mountain
This whole idea of a 'God of the Mountains' thing has always kinda fascinated me.
Wasn't it originally El Shaddai that told Moses to go speak with God, I may be incorrect... For some reason, it doesn't seem like anybody knows what
I'm talking about when I ask about Shaddai lol.
Anyways... thought I'd add in that tid bit. The mountains sure have had a lot to offer humanity throughout our existence. Then at times, the
mountains turned out to be volcanoes and took it all back lol. Some of the most amazing pieces of art include mountains for obvious reasons, as to
their symbolism and such...
I enjoy Dream Dictionary, so I will take from that....
MOUNTAINS : Mountains represent difficult circumstances and problems of all kinds. If you are having difficulties on the mountain then it may show
that there are problems in some relationship or that you are overcoming difficult problems in some work task. It may simply show that you had a
difficult day the day before. But if the mountain was handled easily it shows that you have the ability to conquer problems simply and without much
effort so maybe you are realising how skilful you have become at something. If you are far off the mountain it may suggest you are looking at some
ambition or project which is featuring in your long term plans.
KEY WORDS : confidence, ability, difficult, struggle(write down some of the main things on your mind right now and see where these words appear)
I'd say that El Shaddai's role was most appropriate, considering the story line and the symbolic meaning of mountains....
maybe it's just me.
The translation team behind the New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) however maintain that the meaning is uncertain, and that translating "El Shaddai" as
"Almighty God" is inaccurate. The NJB leaves it untranslated as "Shaddai," and makes footnote suggestions that it should perhaps be understood as "God
of the Mountain" from the Accadian "shadu," or "God of the open wastes" from the Hebrew "sadeh" and the secondary meaning of the Accadian word.
I only add this because it's always bothered me... I swore I read a version of the texts once, in which El Shaddai invited Moses to the mountain,
that's when the whole 'are you on the mountain' talk went down and all. From everything I've gathered, it has a lot to do with 'being the mountain'
with aspects of destruction(see other interpretations in link of Shaddai, and the rule or law of God, for being the mountain in a way represents a
strong force and power.
Then if you think about the whole supposed 10 commandments bit, you have yourself one clear picture.
Moses said.... "hey, this is the law, I'm a mountain... respect god or die", is this not accurate?
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Mount Sinai and the Ten Commandments
Main article: Ten Commandments
According to the Bible, after crossing the Red Sea and leading the Israelites towards the desert, Moses was summoned by God to Mount Sinai, also
referred to as Mount Horeb, the same place where Moses had first talked to the Burning Bush, tended the flocks of Jethro his father-in-law, and later
produced water by striking the rock with his staff and directed the battle with the Amalekites.
Moses stayed on the mountain for 40 days and nights, a period in which he received the Ten Commandments directly from God. Moses then descended from
the mountain with intent to deliver the commandments to the people, but upon his arrival he saw that the people were involved in the sin of the Golden
Calf. In terrible anger, Moses broke the commandment tablets and ordered his own tribe (the Levites) to go through the camp and kill everyone,
including family and friends, upon which the Levites killed about 3,000 people, some of whom were children. God later commanded Moses to
inscribe two other tablets, to replace the ones Moses smashed, so Moses went to the mountain again, for another period of 40 days and nights, and
when he returned, the commandments were finally given.
In Jewish tradition, Moses is referred to as "The Lawgiver" for this singular achievement of delivering the Ten Commandments.
Should have just listened to the mountain, but no... lets go to the camp and kill everyone, including family and friends.... 3,000+ people. Craziness.
listen to the mountain.
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