El (god)

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示膾l (written aleph-lamed, i.e. 讗诇, 饜饜, 饜帥饜帊 etc.) is the Northwest Semitic word for "deity", cognate to Akkadian ilum.

In the Canaanite religion, or Levantine religion as a whole, Eli or Il was the supreme god,[2] the father of humankind and all creatures and the husband of the goddess Asherah as recorded in the clay tablets of Ugarit (modern Ras Shamra, Syria).[2]

The word El was found at the top of a list of gods as the Ancient of gods or the Father of all gods, in the ruins of the royal archive of the Ebla civilization, in the archaeological site of Tell Mardikh in Syria dated to 2300 BC. He may have been a desert god at some point, as the myths say that he had two wives and built a sanctuary with them and his new children in the desert. El had fathered many gods, but most important were Hadad, Yam, and Mot.

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Linguistic forms and meanings

Cognate forms are found throughout the Semitic languages. They include Ugaritic 示il, pl. 示lm; Phoenician 示l pl. 示lm; Hebrew 示膿l, pl. 示膿l卯m; Aramaic 示l; Akkadian ilu, pl. il膩nu.

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