Written By Thomas Perez. August 20, 2016 at 5:53am. Copyright 2016.
This article is another spin-off on what I have written thus far concerning this subject matter. So let us get right into it.
We know that the Hebrew language is/and/or can be a thought put to words to convey an action, be it good or evil. Pretty much like other languages. But what the Hebrew language does, in all actuality, it reveals an oxymoron on many occassions when warrented.
An oxymoron is a figure of speech that juxtaposes elements that appear to be contradictionary. It is less used in the Greek. In other words, something that is good can be evil. Something that is evil can be good. Or they can become – as in becoming a “Yah.”
Therefore if Yahweh/Jehovah can be called Baal, then why the apparent differences in Scripture? Moreover, how can Yahweh/Jehovah be called Baal, ruin, calamity, adversary, foul oder, perverse, etc; when that same entity is called good – doing wonderous deeds? “How can Satan cast out Satan” – Mk 3:23-26. Or how can Baal cast out Baal. But yet, they appear to be the same.
Yet many passages of Scripture speak against Baal. Yahweh/Jehovah speaks against Baal. EL speaks against Baal. Moreover, there are distinctions – Judges 3:7, I Kings 12:28, 18:21, 22:19-22, Job 1:6, Psa 82:1, 6-7, 89:6-7, Jere 2:23, 7, 9:14, and Dan 7:9. The J, E, D, and P sources reveal this also. And also an outside Biblical text – the Ugarite text KTU 1.2:13-18, reveals this.
In ref to EL, EL became synonymous with God/gods – with him as the surpreme counsel over the gods or Elohim – used in the plural and singular – again an OXYMORON. We know for a fact that EL can be used of any deity – including Yahweh/Jehovah or Baal. Baal was used to represent or at least express Yahweh/Jehovah, but this form was used to express OUR/Israelite elements, using Baal synonymously with Yahweh and this in turn triggered anger in the prophets and good kings. Therefore, the form is called jealous, wreaking havoc. Thus the quote; “I’am a jealous God.” Many would see this as petty and rightly so.
It is therefore highly probable to conceive of God (good or evil) as not personal Per-se, but transcendent in its form(s). Yahweh/Jehovah are terms used to express; anger, righteousness, holiness, wrath, murder, mischief, calamity, and ruin. But a good thing at the same time, revealing the positive. It is also used as a Redeemer – which actually means, revenge, an avenger of kinship. While Baal, not evil or good in name origins, was used negatively by the Canaanites and the backsliding Israelites.
Naturally, the 1st thing that would come to mind of the Hebrew and Judaic system of though to this oxymoron is to destroy its counterpart. BUT it (Yahwism/Jehovah) used the same method of killing, raping and so forth to accomplish it’s will. This contradiction/oxymoron is seen throughout Scripture. Moreover, this contradiction/oxymoron can also be seen from another perspective: the perspective of morality. We know God is considered to be sovereign in all things, and as such He is not subjected to anything outside of Himself. Realizing this, we now know that God can very well indeed commit brutal acts of killings, and so forth, because He is not subjected to issues of morality or ethics. Therefore knowing this, it sent a new message, the message of the prophets and good kings – that EL, the original source before the fall and its oxymorons, would become the EL of humanity again through, and in, Christ.