Arts Festival

Baal

YouCaxton Editor, Bob Fowke, will be talking about  the prophet Elijah and biblical history at Bishop’s Castle Town Hall, 2.00pm, Wednesday 22nd February.  His talk is titled Elijah and the Theft of God and looks at Canaanite religion in relation to ancient Israelite religion. He starts with Elijah, a prophet of the cult of Yahweh from the ninth century BC. Elijah’s chosen name meant ‘Yahweh is El’, although El was the senior god of the ancient Canaanites and father of their favourite god, Baal. Since Elijah caused the death of 450 of the priests of Baal, Bob asks, among other things, what Baal’s father would have had to say about it and why Elijah chose it as a name.