Indeed. Many idols and engravings dedicated to Baal and Asteroth were distroyed by Israel when they laid waste to much of the cities of Canaan. It is said in grimoires such as the Lesser Key of Solomon and in Colin de Plancy's Dictionnaire Infernal that Ba'El and Asteroth are fallen malakiym (Angels) who hold high rank in the pantheon of Hell. these "demons" have been worshiped throughout the ages such as Asherah and Baal-peor which may be the same demon as Belphegor.<quoted text>
In Genesis the Hebrew word used is Elohim plural of El, in English: Gods. The head God is EL of the Cannanites and the Son of El, Ba'El (AKA Baal) is considered a lesser God not worthy of Hebrew worship.
You are correct, there are many gods and demi-gods and goddesses. Except the "Hear O' Israel, the Lord thy God is One" (Deut. 6:4 and Mark 12:29) should have been written as "Sh'ma Yisra'El, YHWH ha-Shem Elohiym Ehad." or hear or Yisrael, Yahweh thy Elohim is One.This would tie in with the where Genesis was taken from, the Sumerian Myths and the Anunnaki "Ceator Gods". Note that until Moses creates the tribal deity of YHWY there are many "real Gods" YHWY telling the Hebrews that he is the only one they should worship. It does not say the other Gods don't exist.
Originally, Yahweh was not seen as a God but the Most High Elohiym. God being a gross mistranslation which later came. There are indeed other gods, just as they threw in the word 'Lord'. There are many fallen malak (angels), Djinns, Nephlims, Familiars, Fairies, Nymphs, Fawns and other lower class entities or creatures throughout history that were set up and worshipped as deities. Samael, the most famous of them who is called Lucifer or Mephistopheles, Azazel and Baal and Baalzebuth (beezebub) are other popular ones.
Yes, the information is popular. You're a very smart man and I respect you for it, but when one is going down that road there are a lot of detours, pitfalls, myths and legends one must wade through. It isn't for everyone so one can come out with very dubious information. Not saying uyou my friend, just urging caution is all.One can see the evolution of the Hebrew religion from polytheism to monotheism in the Torah.
There have been many brutal battles throughout history. The first part may have had to do with territory, women and the gods and then others to do with politics, wealth and power. I believe my friend that the True Supreme being showed himself through the smoke and fog and stood victorious, this after many of the rebellious were booted out of the heavens (some levels)...[there may have only been one fallen malak considered one of the Powers. I believe, Yahweh (barack be He) is stands towering over the others, who is mighty in battle, who is King of all Kings, Strong and Mighty.If one assumes that the Torah starts with monotheism then one is missing the history it actually captures and hands down to us.
Interesting conversation. I appreciate it Duane, and I am learning a lot from you.