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would take a harp and play; Saul would then be soothed; it would do him good, and the evil spirit would leave him" (pg. 268). Continually, the following indicates that even though people chose the king over the god, Yahweh continued to help his people by giving them the king they wished for and protecting him from any evil. At the same time, providing the king with guidance by dreams, divination, and prophets. Doubtless, sometimes disregarding them "God has abandoned me and no longer answers me either by a prophet or by a dream" (Samuel, pg. 280). This means that occasionally Yahweh revoked his servants by leaving them vulnerable to evil and destiny that they decided for themselves without any means of redemption. In case of Saul, when Yahweh stopped answering his praises, he used necromancy as a last resort to find any answers [the dark sorcery was banned in his region]. To do so, Saul travels to the land of El-Dor to find a witch that could summon the soul of prophet Samuel from the world of the dead. Soon after that Saul converses with Samuel about Yahweh rejecting him which leads to this reply, "he has snatched the sovereignty from your hand and given it to your neighbor, David, because you disobeyed Yahweh's voice and did not execute his fierce anger against Amalek" (Samuel, pg. 4 | P a g e
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280). Aforementioned indicates that the kings of Israel indeed the agents of the god that invariably expect his advice on any actions they take in their lives and ruling. III Last but not the least, the third part of this paper deals with the shift from of Israelites religion from polytheism to monotheism. Throughout biblical records, it is indicated that Israelites held two different perspectives of religious worship. Whereas, some Israelites praised Yahweh and Asherah as husband and wife [based on archeological artifacts and inscriptions found on them], while others believed in only Yahweh as a sole god. In the book of Kings, the prophet Elijah claims that the people can worship whatever god they please but, evidently demonstrates that other gods do not merely exist. To prove that Baal does not exist, he plans the sacrifice of two bulls, one for Yahweh and other for Baal. "Let two bulls be given us; let them choose one for themselves, dismember it but to set fire to it. ... You must call on the name of your god, and I shall call on the name of Yahweh; the god who answers with fire is God indeed."(1 Kings, pg. 331) Consequentially, asking the prophets of Baal to begin their praise, which eventually produced nothing "there was no voice, no answer, as they performed their hobbling dance round the altar which they had made" (1 Kings, pg. 331). This means that indicated ritual produced an oblivious outcome that people did not expect and doubly began to question Baal's existence. Nevertheless, when it came to Elijah to perform the ritual, by first reconstructing the altar with "twelve stones, corresponding to the number of tribes of the sons of Jacob." (1 Kings, pg. 331) Subsequently, after placing dismantled bull on top of the wood, and pouring the water on the offerings, Elijah begins to praise for Yahweh to accept them. As a result, in the offering
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  • Spring '12
  • obi
  • The Bible, Elijah, Books of Samuel, Books of Kings, Yahweh, Asherah

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