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on the offerings, Elijah begins to praise for Yahweh to accept them. As a result, in the offering instantly lighted up and consumed by the fire which came out of nowhere which indeed scared 5 | P a g e
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the people and forced them to kneel and call “Yahweh is God!” (1 Kings, pg. 331). In other words, the occurrence of the mysterious combustion that consumed the utterly soaked offerings frightened the commoners and without any deems of uncertainty has proved the existence of Yahweh as the sole god. Moreover, presumably resulting in Elijah obtaining the power to order the execution of all prophets of Baal who worshiped the wrong god. The following period implies the shift from monolatry, a deed where people knew about the existence of other gods but believed in a single one, to more monotheistic. In the second book of Kings, it was recorded that during the reign of King Josiah, the Book of the Law was found in the Temple of Yahweh with a divine covenant inscribed in it on behalf of apparent punishment of Yahweh. To determine the trustworthiness of the document the king orders the high priest to conjure the prophetess that replies, "Yahweh says this: I am going to bring disaster on this place and people who live in it ... because they abandoned me and sacrificed to other gods."(2 Kings, pg. 361) Which means that Yahweh threats of immense destruction and chaos of all humanity in Israel, inscribed in the book indeed contained the divination that Yahweh persist in following. Therefore, to prevent this from happening King Josiah admits to renews covenant with Yahweh by following actions. The burning and dismantlement of entire altars, sacred objects, and images corresponding to other gods by the priests, prophets, and civilians through his direct orders. "The king ordered Hilkiah with the priest next in rank and the guardians of the threshold to remove all the cult objects which had been made for Baal, Asherah and the whole array of heaven; he burnt them outside Jerusalem." (2 Kings, pg. 362) Besides, to honor Yahweh and the Book of Covenant, Josiah proclaims the celebration of Passover. To conclude, over the course of the history the ancient Israelites initially were the polytheistic nomads who worshiped various gods including Asherah, Baal, and Yahweh. 6 | P a g e
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Whereby, each one or more of them carried different, stories, myth, and ancient artifacts that either proved their existence, as well as, their importance in the religious worships . Doubtless, it is indicated that over the course of the ages, the religious belief has shifted to a more monotheistic approach that confined to the sole worship of Yahweh. Unquestionably, it is unknown whenever the existence of the gods or prophets with supernatural powers written in the eldest texts of the Bible can be accepted for historical studied whereby specific aspect of biblical text denies the existing scientifically proven facts and principles. 7 | P a g e
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  • Spring '12
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  • The Bible, Elijah, Books of Samuel, Books of Kings, Yahweh, Asherah

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