Saturday, July 11, 2015


Ancient people pointed to the heavens (firmament) as the abode of the gods and associated anything coming from it as god-sent developing a tradition of recovering meteors and housed them in temples for the veneration of their patrons. Bethel The Ugaritic Divine Council and its gods met on a cosmic mountain at a place where heaven and earth, and were the two rivers intersected- this is the place where the divine decrees were issued from the tents of El. The Kirta Epic spoke of how gods lived in “tents (ahlm)” and tabernacles (mishkan). Baal, the overseer of El’s council held his meetings in the “heights” of Mount Sapanu somewhere in the mountain ranges of the abode of El. Baal’s palace in Sapanu is described as “paved bricks” that made Baal’s house “a house of the clearness of lapis lazuli.” Bethel Ugaritic: bt il, meaning "House of El" or "House of God", Hebrew: בֵּית אֵל, also transliterated Beth El, Beth-El, or Beit El; Greek: