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One of the few points on which virtually all of the biblical authors and redactors agree is their portrayal of Yhwh, the God of Israel, as a warrior. Common among Israel’s neighbors in the ancient Near East (ANE) was the divine combat myth, an account that understood the creation of the world as the outcome of a primordial battle between a god of order and a chaos deity usually associated with the sea, rivers, serpents, and the forces of cosmic disorder. In the typical version of the combat myth, a divine warrior, such as Marduk or Baal, exercises his powers as a storm god to destroy the chaos deity. Out of the carcass of the defeated god (named in versions Leviathan, Yam[m], Rahab, Tehom, or ...

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