Spot on observation - well-done<quoted text>
Well, if we could reasonably apply an objective viewpoint to the thing-- yeah.
But lets step back one more step removed: I know you know it's all fiction, and was written by ... men.(women would've had better sense, methinks)
And it's the >>men<< who were exceedingly jealous of other men (naturally).
More specifically, the "holy" men of the ancient Isralites, who had set things up pretty good for themselves-- they got 10% of everything everyone >>else<< grew/hunted, and all they had to do was stand around and feed the various egos of the leaders.
(as you no doubt know, the Levites--the "holy" men of the ancient Isralites, got to eat of the excess "sacrifices" for their own use, such that they did not need to labor, toil or even work for a living)
So, look at it from their perspective: if other gods were permitted to be "worshiped" (and given tribute) that would diminish the 10% given to the lazy Levites... can't have THAT, can we?
So, obviously, the wrote stern warnings against other-god "worship" (tribute).
It fits so well, considering the laziness and selfish attitude displayed by 99% of "holy" men-- >>especially<< those who are also in strong power over large groups of people.
Look how much gold the pope-ums wears, just as one example. Another is the super-expensive tailored suits worn by TV evangelists...
Ultimately... it's all about control.