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Judaism• Stage 4: Yahweh/El the A Brief History of God

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Judaism• Stage 4: Yahweh/El the only god, a faceless god• Elijah (875 BC): El – There are many gods, but El is the only god of Israel (”El Elohe Yisrael", Gen. 33:20)• Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Micah (8th/6th c BC) – El and Yahweh become synonymous – Monotheism: Yahweh is the ONLY god (the gods of the other nations do not exist) – Omnipotent god – Yahweh is an inscrutable god, no longer concerned with the problems of the Jews 56

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