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Let's take a look into some historical facts

Historians thus now present a complex picture of a society that emerged from diverse origins in the Fertile Crescent and came, in the first few centuries of the first millennium BCE, to understand itself as a nation unified by common ancestry and divine election. The Bible as it now exists is the product of a group of scribes, priests, and poets loyal to the cult of YHWH and so excludes much of the religious tendencies of ancient Israelites, including women. Archaeological finds of extrabiblical documents and close readings of the Hebrew Bible itself suggest that religion for some of ancient Israel's inhabitants included worship of deities such as Asherah, YHWH's consort; human sacrifice; and other phenomena condemned or ignored by biblical writers. Likewise students of the religion of ancient Israel believe that the Israelite idea of God evolved from a henotheistic religion to a monotheistic one. That is, ancient Israelite religion developed from a system whereby one local deity, YHWH, was believed to be a supreme God and further demanded exclusive loyalty to one whereby only one God existed and all others were illusions. It became the common way of understanding God in the Hellenistic period. Even then, however, most Jews until modern times have believed in the existence of superhuman beings, such as angels and demons.
In 722 BCE the Assyrian Empire conquered the northern Kingdom of Israel, exiled much of its population, and dissolved it as a political entity. In 587 BCE the Babylonians conquered the Kingdom of Judah and exiled its leaders. Fifty years later, under the Persians, they returned to reformulate a Jewish commonwealth under priestly leadership. Historians believe that this period, from the time of exile to the end of Persian rule in 333 BCE, was when key Judaic ideas were formed. Increasingly YHWH was seen not only as Israel's special deity but the only true God. It was probably during this period that diverse written and oral traditions of the ancient Israelites were gathered together to form the Torah and several of the central scriptural writings that became Judaism's sacred canon.
from Judaism: An Overview - from Gale's Encyclopedia of Religion / World History in Context

In short, there were polytheist based beliefs long before the rise of monotheism. Before the rise of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and other monotheistic religions, these areas in the Middle East were largely comprised of some form of an ancient semitic religion that worshiped deities. New notions such as the system of monotheism, amongst many, began to develop during the Axial age, which is a period of philosophical shifts in regions such as China, Persia, Greece, and so forth. From this, eventually lead to the development of Zoroastrianism, which is largely regarded as the first monotheistic religion created, and where many ideas in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are derived from. Prominent figures such as Karen Armstrong has also stated that Judaism developed from polytheism, then into a cult for a specific tribal deity, and later became into monotheism during the time of cultural and state crisis.

Polytheism is the new wave :yejoice:

 

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I prefer Mollytheism
 

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Idea falls apart when you realize that even most polytheistic religions have some sort of "God of Gods"

So really, it's just one God at the top.
 

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THIZZ said:
but they have other figures they also look up too they just switched the words.
Like the father, son, Holy Spirit.
Yeah, but they are still considered to be of the same one entity.
 

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The ancient Hebrew people did not worship Asherah. Those were the Caananites that inhabited the land of Israel that they adopted for a short time before abandoning the belief.
 

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The ancient Hebrew people also were only Henotheistic during the periods of Genesis and Exodus. They were just coming out of Sumerian culture and lived with the Egyptians who believed in many gods and this belief that the YHWH should be the only one worshipped stuck but it wasn't until Moses that the idea of only one God truly stuck around 2000 BCE period. The Babylonian captivity wasn't responsible for their idea of one God, you continuesly see God's wrath in the Old Testament for them rebelling against this notion. But it could possibly introduce ideas that would be found in the New Testament from Zoroastrianism influences like the end of days, the battle between God and Satan, the concept of hell (which also has strong Greek influences) 
 

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WakeUpMr.West said:
The ancient Hebrew people did not worship Asherah. Those were the Caananites that inhabited the land of Israel that they adopted for a short time before abandoning the belief.
WakeUpMr.West said:
The ancient Hebrew people also were only Henotheistic during the periods of Genesis and Exodus. They were just coming out of Sumerian culture and lived with the Egyptians who believed in many gods and this belief that the YHWH should be the only one worshipped stuck but it wasn't until Moses that the idea of only one God truly stuck around 2000 BCE period. The Babylonian captivity wasn't responsible for their idea of one God, you continuesly see God's wrath in the Old Testament for them rebelling against this notion. But it could possibly introduce ideas that would be found in the New Testament from Zoroastrianism influences like the end of days, the battle between God and Satan, the concept of hell (which also has strong Greek influences) 
Where's your source? :word:

Bible isn't one btw.


 
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