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4c-2 Canaanite Religion

4c-2 Canaanite Religion - Ancient Near Eastern Religion...

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Ancient Near Eastern Religion Near Eastern Religions 1 Uniqueness of Israelite religion polytheism = paganism worship of many gods each god ruled different aspects of nature and society worshiped god who controlled the element you sought gods had families and children, etc. Demi-gods are half god, half human e.g. Hercules Near Eastern Religions 2 idolatry worship of images as manifestations of gods fertility gods main function was to bring fertility focus of worship on one major god by culture or city Ba’al among Canaanites
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Near Eastern Religions 3: Syncretism equating gods of one society with gods of another different names for essentially the same god accepting all gods as existing, and worshiping other gods each god has power in his own domain Canaanite Religion Canaanites Semitic Spoke language very close to Hebrew Related to Amorites Many sub-tribes Hittites, Hivites, Horites, Jubusites, Girgashites, Perizzites Israelites are often linguistically and archaeologically nearly indistinguishable from Canaanites
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Canaanite Cultures Phoenicians Aramaeans
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