Is the God of Genesis 1 El or Yam?

«In the beginning» the Torah is thought to have been written in «scriptio continua» (Latin for continual text/script) i.e. it was written as one long serpent of text. No spaces between the words, no mesora or niqqud diacritics nor punctuation or paragraphs and clauses, only endless rows of syllables, one consonant after the other, from start to end. We don’t really know how the syntax of the Torah was supposed to be other than from thoroughly analysing the grammar and orthography, counting different meters and poetic mechanisms applied to the texts and so on. In all honesty, we have no clue as to how the ancient pre-Babylonian Hebrew language sounded like or how it was meant to be understood or even how the general grammar worked. We simply have far to little archeological or written evidence from before our rather modern Torahs, like the ones included in the Westminster Leningrad Codex (WLC) and Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensis (BHS), and we also have partially fragmented Torah texts found among the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS). The latter seems to belong to the same Rabbinical tradition as the WLC and the BHS, and while WLC and BHS are about 1000 years old, the DSS Torahs are about 2000 years old.

Illustration from Wikipedia showing Semitic script written in scriptio continua

There are a few things that come out as strikingly odd about the rather modern syntax and mesora («niqqud» vowel diacritics), and already in the first verse of Genesis we stumble upon at least one such oddity, and I think I have found out something that could put the whole Torah in perspective and bring light to something quite remarkable and if it rings true, this might turn over whole religions, for the oddity I am referring to is the first name of God used in the Bible, which is indeed the cornerstone of the whole torah.

All these Torahs differ slightly from each other but for sake of consistency I will use the letters of the WLC without vowel diacritics in this thread, all copied from, a Bible study tool I use for most of my work presented here on ATS. The first sentence of the WLC goes as follows:

בראשית ברא אלהים את השמים ואת הארץ׃

The supposed name of God is Heb. אלהים «Elohim». When read using the spacing of these texts it seems like a plural word, ending with the seemingly masculine plural suffix -im. However, if Elohim is plural of Eloah as the vast consensus claims, the verb heb. ברא «bara» (typically translated to mean «Created») would also have reflected this plurality, but it doesn’t. This is typically explained by theologians, religious scholars, linguists and Semittic Philologers– with Elohim reflecting what is popularly called «majesty pluralis», but still it doesn’t make any sense, for the word it supposedly is plural of, «Eloah», actually reads and acts partly like a feminine noun, so the plural suffix should have been -oth, not -im, and it doesn’t stop there. The word «bara» is only used together with Elohim as subject. There is something fishy going on with Genesis 1, and I believe I may have found the answer to all these things.

Before I go further, I’d like to remind you that this here is common research, and since I have been confronted by a bunch of users here on ATS criticising my integrity and supposed hidden agenda, I must assure you that this is indeed my humble opinions, supported by evidence of varying Gehalt, but for that matter, so is the reigning consensus concerning about the supposed proper name of God, Elohim.

That said, and let’s get to the juicy part: As I mentioned, these books were supposedly «originally» written without spaces between the word, just like when we speak, when we only pause in order to bring attention. Anyway, let’s go straight to the nitty gritty: If we split up the highly irregular noun Elohim into Heb. אל-ה-ים it can be read as «El-Ha-Yam», which could easily translate into «the god Yam», «Father of Yam» or «El the Yam» and similar. Now who is the god Yam, you may ask? Well, he is not very well known today, but back when the first letters of the Torah were first written, he was one of the main gods found in the pantheons of the Middle East, especially in ancient Canaanite and Ugaritic texts that have been discovered and been studied. Generally these stories tell us that Yam was the god of water, oceans, rivers and seas, and was a sort of anthropomorphism of water and oceans, so his temper and personality reflected his personality as anything from calm and innocent like a lamb, just to suddenly transform into a furious monster threatening to destroy all living things with massive floods. El was Yam’s father and together they fought side by side as enemies of Baal who was the Old Testament Devil, I bet you have at least heard of the latter.

Illustration from Wikipedia showing a bronze statue of Baal

In Genesis 1 God is awfully concerned with water, busy dividing and moving about seas and waters and Elohim even relates to the cosmos as oceans. To top this, water in all shapes and forms was the traditional domain of Yam in the eyes of the Semitic population living in Canaan and the area in and around today’s Palestine/Israel, back in the days when Genesis was supposed to have been written.

Could Elohim be a wrongfully contraction of El-Ha-Yam? At least this makes sense to me, and it would also explain perfectly why the associated verbs like ex. Heb. ברא «bara» in ex. Genesis 1:1, which are always singular when Elohim is subject. In Canaanite and Ugaritic tradition Yam was the favorite son of the father-god El, and just like the Biblical God (Elohim and JHVH) Yam was El’s main ally against Baal who is Zeus and Satan in more modern mythologies, apocalypses and eschatology. This interpretation of Elohim also serves to explain how Elohim is said to have slain a Serpent and/or a Dragon (like in Job, Isaiah and Revelation), which is exactly what Yam did in the Ugaritic and Canaanite traditions, also the Babylonian god Marduk comes to mind, but also Leviathan, Yam is, like the sea, shifting, and he was a popular god, so people spun up all sorts of stories about him.

Illustration from Wikipedia showing the destruction of Leviathan

In Hebrew ים «yam» is also a common word for sea, ocean, rivers and floods &c i.e. water in general. And this would also fit in nicely with the idea that Genesis 1 was inspired by Enuma Elish or came out as a product of the same tradition. Enki, was god of the sea and water, who also slew the dragon Tiamat using his son, Marduk, as his instrument, which in turn alludes to the arch angel Michael and his way with the Dragon. Enki was also the god that warned my namesake about the Flood. Yam and Enki are in my opinion anthropomorphisms of rivers, oceans and seas, and for that matter the whole nature- and cycle of water.

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