After being pointed to Russell Gmirkin’s thesis that the Septuagint was created in 270 BC in Alexandria as the first definitive compilation of a Israelite National Literature – written in Greek, the Lingua Franca of the day, to advertise the claims of the Israelite powers in the Greek Empire – I went on scouring lectures and videos to find out more.
Basis for my search was the terms “Yahweh Asherah”; as the origins of Yahwism must be found in days when he was the chief god of a polytheistic pantheon, when he had a wife “Asherah”.
I found the weirdest things, like a German state TV production that mentions lots of the connections yet constantly cuts back and forth to an interview with a cringeworthy German Lutheran state church top functionaire who tries to claim Asherah shows the female side of Yahweh. What?
Note: Germany has state TV and state churches. German government does not officially control them but just forces us to throw tons money at them. They are a sort of companies with special rights.
But, we have videos that waste less of our time and simply point out the facts. Less shiny distraction (I *HATE* the History Channel style that adds a WOOOSH noise every time the camera pans. What sort of mutant doofus invented *THAT*?)
Pagan Origins of Judaism
Importantly, the video points out that Yahwism replaces side-deities with humans when telling its stories; for the first time shifting emphasis from gods to individuals. Or rather, shifting it *BACK* because I think that’s where it all began in the first place: Nordic gods like Odin or Thor are, after all, simply glorified Men Of Yore, and their stories are stories within a family or tribe.