This thread is for discussing who Yahweh is, was. One question I have is whether it is helpful to learn about how common ancients at various times would have thought about their god. In my opinion it is important to bare those roots to better relate to the divine living in eternal present. The link below gives a succinct summary, not just of an illuminating book, but also of the picture of ancient Israel archelogists are arriving at. Did God Have a Wife? Though I'm interested in understanding how this mountain god Yahweh related to other gods in and outside of his hosts, I also want leave this thread open to anything else anyone wants to discuss concerning this god of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Martin Buber, in his book on Moses, says, "YHVH is 'He who will be present' or 'He who is here', he who is present here; not merely some time and some where but in every now and in every here. Now the name expresses his character and assures the faithful of the richly protective presence of their Lord."