[Response to March 23-25 in the One Year Bible]
One of the basic beliefs of Islam is that “[t]here is no God but God, and Mohamed is his prophet.” Searching the Hebrew texts one finds that particularly early on, the position is that the Hebrew god is the best of all the gods. Indeed, as I explored when I began the story of Moses, some work was done to reconcile the worship of El Shaddai with the worship of YHWH, namely YHWH assures Moses that he is also El Shaddai. Much of this is lost on Christian readers when our translators chose to “preserve” the original meaning by “God” for El Shaddai and “LORD” for YHWH and “Lord” for a generic person.
Today includes an interesting passage at the beginning of Deuteronomy that discusses the shapeless nature of the Hebrew god, AND provides later on a verse supporting the notion that not only is YHWH the best God, but he is the only God. Here.
Side note: Deuteronomy begins with an account of Moses’ account of what has happened so far. It is interesting because in Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers much of the narration and laws come from the author relaying God’s words in direct quote. I find it an interesting transition.
Oh yeah, and some more in-your-face miracles reported by the author of Luke here.