Millgram-famine, gods, and mission creep


We have just had a late November blizzard where I live, near Kansas City. The Weather Channel has taken to giving even inland storms personal names. They are calling this storm Bruce. Bruce the storm.

I had a wild thought about this in relation to religion in the Ancient Near East. In most every culture there was a storm god. So is this urge to name and personalize storms an enduring human trait?

I am still reading Hillel Millgram’s The Elijah Enigma. He points out that from King Ahab’s point of view the period of no rain that followed Elijah’s pronouncement was not directly the result of control of the weather by Elijah’s God. He called Elijah a “troubler of Israel” because Elijah’s intolerance of Phoenician religion disrespected the weather god and and caused him to withhold rain. Elijah countered that Ahab and his father had disrespected YHWH, and…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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