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A picture showing the legend of EL taken from our Middle-Eastern mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more Middle-Eastern Gods, Middle-Eastern Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

Self styled 'Creator of All Created Things' and 'Father of Gods'.

As Canaanite Godfather he likes to remain aloof and inscrutable sitting high on his throne wearing his bull horn crown. The spot he picked to rule from was between two rivers — and may have been the greenbelt area later selected for the Garden of Eden.

EL is a tricky God to pin down because at the time his name was basically the universal word for 'deity' in the Middle-East. We're talking Arabic, Hebrew, Ugaric, Phoenician and many more. So when some ancient text reveals that 'El did this' or 'El did that', you're never quite sure whether it's him or someone else they're talking about.

The Urgaric tablets, discovered as late as 1929, are very fragmentary with pieces missing, so much is conjecture. There are Hebrew scholars who believe EL to have been part of the ELOHIM, who fused himself into one identity to become Eloah, the singular version. This may have led to mono-God status and gotten him into the Old Testament under the name YAHWEH.

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Article last updated on 08 August 2005
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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Name : EL
Area or people : Canaan, Phoenicia
Location : the Middle-East
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 296

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