I found this comment (below) on a reddit forum and wanted to know if the claim that biblical texts, tenants, and concepts are just shameless plagarisms of texts of older polytheistic religions?
I would also like to know if judaism did indeed turn from polytheism via henotheism and monotheism?
I am not well versed in the history of judaism nor it’s development so i would appreciate any feedback, thanks.
"while we’re at it: what I personally found to be by far the most interesting part of comparative theology was the comparison between biblical texts/tenets and those of older religions in the same region and direct neighborhood, e.g. Babylonian, Canaanite, Egyptian etc. The thing is: If you go down that rabbithole, you’ll find it impossible to not notice that many biblical texts, tenets and concepts are just shameless plagiarisms of texts of older polytheistic religions.
Also, another very interesting aspect is analyzing the history of Judaism and Christianity, e.g. how Judaism gradually turned from polytheism via henotheism into monotheism (the latter quite late actually, about the exile period). Or how and when the Christian church came to adopt trinity and its other tenets etc., how and when it chose which books would make it into the collection that is the Bible, etc."