Big Love! (Atheist mystic)
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The etymology of the modern English word "god" is one thing, agreed, but the ancient near East had polytheists worshipping deities with the same names, letter for letter, as the divine names mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. That would be as if "Woden" were literally mentioned in the Books of Moses.Clearly, the above shows that the revered "God" [ Gott ] did not used to be Odin .. it is more about language,
and how the use of words evolve.
Those with a motive of showing that scripture is "not what it appears to be", seek to confuse by claiming YHWH is/was one of many gods etc.
For examle, the deity El (with epithets like "Elyon") appears in polytheist texts from Ugarit in the Levante, just north of Israel: A father figure in the pantheon, parent of Baal, among others. And El is also one of the divine names in the Hebrew Bible. So, quite without saying that the Bible is not what it appears to be, the question is still valid whom the worshippers of Ugaritic El were paying homage to? Were they praying to the God of Abraham and Moses?
(edited for spelling and clarity)