Canaanite Mythology

The Gods of Ancient Canaan

ELYON

Canaanite Supreme God

Also known as ELION, ALEYIN, Elyōn

Top God of the Canaanites as seen in the Bible

He’s a very old deity who has caused a lot of controversy by popping up in the Old Testament and being mistaken for Yahweh. Even some of the great and the good of the Holy Bible appear to have been worshiping him instead of the ‘proper’ God.

But all is not how it seems. In fact his name simply means ‘Most High’ and could easily be applied to any deity above ground level, even one up a ladder. So frenzied theories claiming King Melchizedek was worshiping naughty gods in Genesis 14 instead of the real deal may not be entirely true.

According to the disintegrating stone tablets of our crumbly research, Elyon is the son of Baal and is in charge of springs and water conservation. But he spends most of his time thrashing Mot in supremacy scuffles. The two of them seem locked in a permanent life and death struggle. This is a bit like Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty, with both of them popping up again when presumed dead.

Elyon has seven or eight attendants and they ride through the clouds on wild boars. This seems an unusual mode of transport for the time and place. Perhaps old Melchizedek was impressed after all.

Elyon Facts and Figures

Name: Elyon
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: ELION, ALEYIN, Elyōn

Gender: Male
Type: God
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Everything
Area of expertise: Supreme, Everything

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 206

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

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