Beforehand I would like to note that I deliberately posted this in the apologetics forum, as it touches on our Christian roots.
There was a TV programme on the German station ZDF, entitled “The career of God”. As I have often seen absurd and very biased reports on that TV station on Christianity and other things, I was skeptical.
So, it turns out the show itself was not quite as odd as others, but there were some claims that seem far fetched or at least foreign to me. I would like to list them here in short.
The oldest occurrence of the name Yahweh is from about 1400 BC in the territory of modern Sudan. It is in an inscription of a list that a pharaoh had made of all peoples he had under is rule and their gods.
Moses’ encounter with God at the burning bush was derived from the volcanic geology in the area of the Sinai and Arabian peninsulas. The Jewish God had His origin in this volcanic activity, that’s why there are the descriptions of the pillar of smoke and the pillar of fire, and other volcanic imagery. (cf. Ex 21:13)
Judaism was not monotheistic until after the 7th (or 6th) century BC. There was a goddess of fertility (Aschera) being worshipped next to Yahweh, in addition to other idols. References cited included 2 Kings 21:7.
I am sure there is some explanation, or refutation, of all of this, therefore I kindly ask your comments.