Jehovah's battle against the Sea and other demons

Discussion in 'OT Wisdom Literature' started by Pergamum, Aug 18, 2008.

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  1. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)

    Ancient Near East Myths had their Gods usually battle against the forces of chaos, the primordial muck and the sea. (i.e. Tiamat in the Enuma Elish. Leviathan, etc.)

    To what extent did the OT adopt this imagery in order to show that Jehovah was supreme over all?

    Did the OT use demonic imagery from the ancient near east to show God's superiority over these demons?

    Did the writers use the beliefs about certain demons that were believed to be true by their pagan neighbors and weave them into the OT canon to show that Jehovah was stronger?

    And if so, does this mean that the OT confirms that these were true demons (i.e. some demon that resembled Tiamat existed, or Lilith in Isaiah 34:14, or Hairy goat demons in Isaiah 34:14 and 13:21)?
  2. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)

    Did the Hebrews not like water?

    In the psalms they were always praying to be delivered from it - despite not being a seafaring nation.

    And in Revelation, there is no more sea right?
  3. kvanlaan

    kvanlaan Puritan Board Doctor

    I seem to remember a lot of imagery that showed that water = life. The Torah is often referred to as mayim by the rabbis of the Talmud.

    Too much water? Well, that's another story...
  4. bradofshaw

    bradofshaw Puritan Board Freshman

    Jesus rebuked the wind and the waves, which may have had some relation to the demon possessed pigs (if I remember correctly).
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