Dagan rose from being an almost unknown god amongst the Great Gods of Sumeria, to becoming the predominant god of the Semitic Akkadians. Dagan rose to power by victory. Dagan assisted Sargon and especially Sargon's Grandchild Naram-Sin, to defeat their enemies, and enable their Akkadian empire into a position of world power. In the great Stele of Naram-Sin, Naram-Sin is seen looking up to what the underlying text calls the great weapon of Dagan.
The text reads; "Naram-Sin slew the Arman and Ibla with the weapon of the God Dagan, who aggrandize his region". Take note of Naram-Sin in the stele above as he gazes upward at this great weapon. The weapon is a four wheel chariot with the two wheels on one side extending outside of the relief. If you look even closer you will observe that at the end of each axle are two wheels, one inside the other.
This is exactly what the prophet Ezekiel saw in the famous appearance of Ezekiel's chariot. Ezekiel 1: 16 states; "The appearance of wheels.... and the four had one likeness and their work was as it were a wheel within a wheel". Dagan, the Sumerian word, and later Yahweh, the Akkadian/Hebrew word were the same god.
The photo above taken from the NASA images, web page below, shows what appears as a space vehicle with a wheel within a wheel. Image is 1/3 up on the right edge. I apologize for the fact that NASA has taken down the original web site, and I can no longer show this web page. The image above appears to be well over 200 km across.
The prophet Daniel saw these chariots as, "the chariots of the gods". The prophet Elisha was surrounded by "chariots of fire." They were depicted throughout the regions of Sumeria, Akkadia, Babylon, Persia and Assyria , for several thousand years.
An art form of an ancient "Chariot of the Gods" depicted below, was drawn or engraved on nearly every early stele from the time of Sumeria to the Persians covering a period of several thousand years. In most cases the images carried one or more personnel, had wings to indicate flight, and also indicated a wheel within a wheel of eight spokes. Take special notice, the eight spoked wheels on the stele of Naram-Sin and the chariot below are drawn exactly the same. Drawn just behind the figure with the bow.
The Sumerian relief below shows a Great God riding a four wheeled chariot, with the ability of flight, as shown by the flying sphinx. Just above the chariot is an illustration that demonstrates that the chariots has the ability to launch or throw lightning bolts. Also the lion seems to be throwing destructive flames out of it's mouth. These chariots of the Gods were often an integral part of the wars of man.
Dagan changes his name to Yahweh
In the Bible the son of King David is named Baalya or Bealiah which means Baal is Ya or Yehovah is Baal. Baal being named the son of Dagan and who were both worshipped by the people throughout the land of Canaan. Ya is an abbreviation of Yehovah. This to many bible scholars is a paradox, in linking Dagan and Ya, but it points to the fact that both are the same person.
The name Israel contains the letters of the supreme god of the Egyptians "RA", and the Supreme God of the land of Canaan "El", signifying that they were part of the Hebrews past and present worship.
Again Dagan and the use of his mighty weapon, that destroys the armies of man, is mentioned. This was the very same weapon used with Naram-Sin, for his territorial expansion. Mari, Yadhun-Lim's capital, has extreme importance today, in that of nearly 25,000 cuneiform texts, were unearthed there.
Tablets discovered at Ebla, which is in northern Syria.
Some of which would drastically change the image of the early near east. Pettinato discovers the divine name Ya, later to emerge as YHWH or Yahweh. The Sumerian name was Dinger Ya-ra-mu, translated God Ya-ra-mu. He also makes a discovery that the letters “EL” are being changed to “YA” at this time in history. EL being the senior deity of the Canaanites to Ya the God of Moses. Pettinato notices that in the translation of the word Mikail, that those now living in Ebla have translated the spelling to Mikaya. For some reason there is a shift in spelling and pronunciation to “YA” in these cities that worship Dagan. It would seem that with the change of worship to a new God, the spelling names of cities and important locations also has to be changed. Both of these cities along with Dagan's major temple at nearby Tuttul were major centres of worship for the God Dagan.
As the Akkadian Empire expanded and controlled the majority of the Fertile Crescent, so to did the expansion of worshiping their God.
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