Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The power of the written word

Another major difference between YHWH and his ANE confreres is the biblical corpus, already mentioned above, which is large in size and scope. It is this corpus of sacred, authoritative literature—and one need not posit formal canonicity or an early date for canonical forms for the point to hold—that seems to have helped YHWH survive, since the other gods we know of seem to have lacked anything remotely comparable and went the way of the dodo bird as a result.—Brent A. Strawn in Divine Doppelgängers: YHWH’s Ancient Look-Alikes, 152

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