I’ve always thought it curious that in the first of the Ten Commandments the Hebrew God confesses to a sin. Don’t remember that? “Thou shalt have no other gods before me, for the Lord, your God is a JEALOUS God. Since several of the other commandments say you can’t covet other’s things or family, it’s really odd that jealousy on the part of God is allowed and it’s the one that’s been causing all the trouble ever since.
So why is the Hebrew God jealous? Do the other deities have something he doesn’t have? Like a Goddess? Is this all because the Hebrew God couldn’t get the girl?
Is it over territories? He led them to a fairly desolate area and called it the land of milk and honey. Looks like a desert to me, bait and switch? Was he coveting more fertile lands with water?
Did he want more people besides a few tribes in a desert? Was he already setting his sights on the rest of the world to conquer? It still hasn’t worked so he still must be jealous and I bet his mother, Asherah wasn’t happy to be locked out. Wonder if she still gives him and earful.
Is Tiamat, the dragon or serpent, who he’s trying to exclude? She did move into the Garden of Eden and have a chat with Eve that the Hebrew God was pretty pissed about. Since his henchmen wrote the book she doesn’t even get her name mentioned. Dragons in sci-fi fantasy books even now are the repositories of knowledge. So she is still around even if they don’t know her name.
At the very least, if he’s a jealous God then it means he is aware there are other choices besides him and he would have been a kinder, nicer God if he had learned how to make friends and get along with the other deities. And there would be fewer wars and shootings.