The earliest writing is about genesis myths: God creates Adam, as envisioned by Michelangelo and painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in around 1511. Jörg Bittner Unna / Wikimedia Commons

How the Jews Invented God, and Made Him Great

The God of the Old Testament started out as just one of many deities of the ancient Israelites. It took a traumatic crisis to make him into the all-powerful creator of the world.

Jews, Christians and Muslims all believe in a single, omnipotent deity that created the heavens and earth. But if he was and is the only god, why would God need a name?

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