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Jewish God(s) for Beginners (updated)

A thousand years after Praxiteles, Jews were creating crude religious works like this: a mosaic found in the sixth-century Beth Alpha synagogue, depicting a nearly-enacted human sacrifice, among other things.

by Martin Kerr

THE JEWS LOVE to boast that they are the originators of monotheism. This claim has been challenged by students of the Jews as diverse as Savitri Devi (in The Lightning and the Sun) and Sigmund Freud (in Moses and Monotheism). What is undeniable is that Judaism began as a polytheistic religion.

Jewish legend has it that there were originally 12 separate Hebrew tribes. In general, these ancient Hebrews worshipped a variation of the common Semitic pantheon. Among the gods which the old Testament lists as being worshipped at one time by the ancient Jews are Ashtoereth, Moloch, Chemosh and Asherah. Additionally, each tribe had its own special tribal god.

Over time, the tribal deities of the individual tribes were replaced by two specific Semitic gods, YHWH (also known as Yahweh or Jehovah) and El. During the period of Hebrew history known as the “Divided Kingdoms” (c. 925-875 BCE), each of these two gods was associated with one of the two extant Jewish states, either Judah or Israel. The devotion of the ancient Jews to their archaic gods is preserved in the names associated with each kingdom:

Kingdom of Judah
Land called Judea
Worships as its tribal god Jehovah (YHWH or Yahweh)
Members called Judeans
Cult center: Jerusalem

Kingdom of Israel (literally, “Wrestles with El”)
Land called Israel
Worships as its tribal god El
Members called Israelites
Cult center: Bethel (“House of El”)

Later, these two gods merged into a single Jewish deity, whom the Old Testament calls El-YHWH, which is normally translated as “Lord God.” This new synthetic god becomes the Super-Jew-in-the-Sky, whom modern-day Jews and Judeo-Christians worship. I speculate that this fusion took place circa 800 BCE, for that is when the prophet Elijah appeared, whose name means “El is Yah(weh).”

In the beginning, YHWH may have been a member of the common Semitic pantheon, whom the Jews arrogated to themselves as a tribal deity. There are strong indications that he was originally a minor volcano god or demon. Whatever his initial form, he was clearly a nasty piece of work. For example, YHWH was associated with human sacrifice, in particular the bloody ritual murder of young male children.

Modern Jewish ritual circumcision of male infants is likely a religious or cultural artifact of earlier child sacrifice, although now only the foreskin and a small amount of blood is offered up, rather than the whole child. The ritual murder of non-Jewish children, well documented by Julius Streicher, Arnold Leese, and others, is also likely related to ancient child sacrifice, although now it is the children of the goyim who are so murdered, rather than those of the Hebrew tribes. The Christian Last Supper, which the Judeo-Christians frequently remind us was a Seder meal, and which embodies a form of ritual cannibalism, may also be descended from the bloody rites of ancient Judaism.

Originally, El was also part of the pre-Hebrew Canaanite polytheistic system, in which he was the father of the Semitic gods Baal and Anat. So El may be a stolen or Semiticized deity (just as the Semites had earlier appropriated the Sumerian gods). Interestingly, for a monotheistic religion, the Old Testament uniformly uses the plural form of “Elohim” when referring to the one god, El.

I say “interestingly” — but only up to a point, because as an Aryan I only have a subjective interest in Aryan religion.

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Source: This article on Jewish history first appeared in NS BULLETIN 345, Third Quarter 2005.

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8 Comments

  1. Jim
    January 12, 2018 at 4:34 am — Reply

    The jews stole all their gods from Babylon and other older civilizations. “The Great Jewish Masque” or “The Ass In The Lions Skin” explains just how they stole everything. The jew has stolen their “culture” from wherever they pitched their shabby tents. They are the “self-chosen” psychopaths intent on destroying us all.

    http://historyreviewed.com/index.php/2017/04/11/great-jewish-mask-series-parts-1-4-free-books/

    • Arvin N. Prebost
      January 13, 2018 at 1:09 pm — Reply

      I could not get those videos to work—-“page not found.”

  2. Arvin N. Prebost
    January 13, 2018 at 1:12 pm — Reply

    PS—the Jews needed to steal some art ability from the Greeks, judging by this mosaic.

    • January 14, 2018 at 3:06 pm — Reply

      Not to put too a fine a point on it, but the above synagogue mosaic depicts an infamous episode of child sacrifice from the Jewish Torah (Genesis 22).

      The Jewish god “Elohim” (that is, El) orders the ur-Jew patriarch Abraham to sacrifice his first born son, Isaac, on a mountain top. Abraham (whom Dr. Pierce commonly referred to as “Old Abe”) readily agrees. He is the standing adult figure on the right of the mosaic. Abe is holding a long knife with one hand, and his screaming son Isaac with the other.

      In the biblical telling, El sends a messenger (appearing as a burning bush) and relents at the last moment, providing a goat for the sacrifice (also shown) instead of the young boy. However, biblical scholars, including Jews, believe that in the original version of the tale, Abraham does sacrifice his son as his god commands. This myth was likely used by the Jewish priest caste to justify child sacrifice by claiming its divine [sic] origin.

      • Arvin N. Prebost
        January 15, 2018 at 10:06 am — Reply

        According to Christian theology, God is the worst of all—-sacrificing his own son to . . . himself! To appease his own anger with humans, who, in former times, committed abominations by sacrificing their young children to Moloch.

    • Anthony Collins
      January 15, 2018 at 7:05 am — Reply

      Artistic ability is one thing that the Jews can’t take for themselves from their hosts. In matters of art, they can’t imitate or emulate, they can only debase and degrade. They’re quite incapable of creating things of beauty.

  3. Arvin N. Prebost
    January 14, 2018 at 10:46 am — Reply

    However, I must say that I am rather grateful to the Jews for keeping a journal, as it were, of the religious beliefs of the middle-eastern people.

    Not only the Babylonians but the Aryan Persians and Egyptians have influenced Hebrew thought. And I would be sure that the Greeks are in there, somewhere.

    As my father, the late Dr. Maurice Prebost , explained, it is rather like learning about Europe from the writings and behaviours of the Americans.

  4. Harvey
    January 17, 2018 at 5:43 pm — Reply

    An interesting article with pragmatic detail.
    The jews are God’s elder brother. A blight unto the world.

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