Why El, but not Baal? The Emergence of Yahwism in Ancient Canaan

This summer I began a ThM (Masters in Theology) in Old Testament under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Greer of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. I have 12 hours of coursework this semester, but began early in the summer to get a head start on the enormous amount of reading I have to tackle before December 13th. By the end of this week and over the past 2.5 months, I will have completed all the reading due for my first class – Advanced Study in the History and Culture of Israel and the Ancient Near East. After 2250 pages of reading in 8 books, I’m reading to write my final paper. My paper topic will be, “Why El, but not Baal: The Mythomachian Emergence of Yahweh in Ancient Canaanite Religion.”

Did God Have Wife - William G. Dever

Canaanite Myth-Epic - Cross

Early History of God - Smith

Zondervan Atlas


Israelite Religions Hess

Ancient Israel - Shanks


Intro to ANE

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  • generation4Him

    I can’t wait to read it. Can I read it when you’re done? 🙂

    • Heather, I’m flattered that you would ask. It might be published after it’s submitted, so I’m hanging on to copies of it until I know what’s going to happen. If it does get published, I’ll be sure to post about it here. Thanks again for your interest.

  • Jorge Ostos

    Hi Nathan, These are awesome readings… Only a questions, can you tell me some things about the Smith’s book? I’m very interested on it, and I’d like to buy it, I am kind of captivated by his thesis… Also, what about the Dr. Cross’ book?