YHWH, Among Other Gods

I need a quick teaser to catch your attention here. So, let me ask you: when was the last time you learned so much that you started to question whether or not you actually know anything for certain? Well, let me tell you about one of the first times this happened to me.

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Qualifications For Claiming Deity Status In the Ancient Near East

I have learned that the people of the Ancient Middle East believed there were several ways the gods proved they were gods.  While they have no direct bearing on how one obtains salvation, knowing what these methods of declaring deity were can help us to better understand some of the more puzzling passages in our Scriptures.  For example:

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