Canaanite Mythology

The Gods of Ancient Canaan

EL

Canaanite Creator God

Picture of the Canaanite Creator God El from our Canaanite mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

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.

El Facts and Figures

Name: El
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: God
Area or people: Canaan, Phoenicia
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Creating
Area of expertise: Creation

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 747

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Article last revised on May 19, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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