Open discussion. Zoroastrianism and the influence on Abrahamic religions.
One nice evidence is that there is no mention of the devil itself in the books before contact with babilonian people.
The 2 divinities idea comes from there, but as YHWH was already a supreme being, the evil divinity became the revel angel.
And that makes no sense because for a lot less YHWH obliterated cities, while the evil god is free to act XD
I'd a workmate that was Zoroastrian. She was Indian (Zoroastrianism originated in Persia). Apparently, there are many who'd migrated going back long ago. (Prob to escape the Islamists.) Zoroastrians must be born into it, they're very exclusionary and insular, and they mos def weren't supposed to marry outside of the tribe. I think she got mated with a matchmaker or the like.
We got pretty close in our time working together – literally one of the nicest people I've ever know – and she'd told me at the time that she'd done no dating and was a 24-26 y.o. virgin. She came to the U.S. to go to USC of all places, and then left a few years after grad school to end up in Dubai, not the friendliest place for non-Muslims.
As with most traditions, you join-in bc your family demands it. She has a daughter of her own now that's being subject to all of the traditional rituals. I've got to believe they're a shrinking population, tho.
The LORD Almighty will bless them, saying, "Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance." Isaiah 19:25
"God" of Israel is Egyptian.
Zoroastrianism is an ancient Persian religion that may have originated as early as 4,000 years ago.
The discovery of the clay Elam tablets in Iran provided the third reference point to accurately date the life of Abram, confirming that he lived in the 23rd/22nd century BC, over 1000 years before Moses.[
Abraham older than Zorosomesomeism.
Abraham was almost certainly a Zoroastrianist his monotheism and dualism come have come from almost no where else.
Abraham introduced the concept of angels again an element of Zoroastrianism (to be clear angels in the patriarchal stories of the bible do not have wings, that came from Egypt later Zoroastrianism's angels are shining beings who dress in black to dull their "glory" ) He popularised the God and Devil conflict from the twin deities of Ahura Mazda and Ahriman.
Many Zoroastrianist converted to Christianity believing him to be the second coming of Zarathustra who had foretold his return as the child of a virgin mother who would conceive after baptism in a sacred pool.
I think there is no question whatsoever that The house of Israel emerged from Zoroastrianism.
"The Obscure Religion That Shaped the West"
"It is generally believed by scholars that the ancient Iranian prophet Zarathustra (known in Persian as Zartosht and Greek as Zoroaster) lived sometime between 1500 and 1000 BC. Prior to Zarathustra, the ancient Persians worshipped the deities of the old Irano-Aryan religion, a counterpart to the Indo-Aryan religion that would come to be known as Hinduism. Zarathustra, however, condemned this practice, and preached that God alone – Ahura Mazda, the Lord of Wisdom – should be worshipped. In doing so, he not only contributed to the great divide between the Iranian and Indian Aryans, but arguably introduced to mankind its first monotheistic faith.
The idea of a single god was not the only essentially Zoroastrian tenet to find its way into other major faiths, most notably the ‘big three’: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The concepts of Heaven and Hell, Judgment Day and the final revelation of the world, and angels and demons all originated in the teachings of Zarathustra, as well as the later canon of Zoroastrian literature they inspired.
Even the idea of Satan is a fundamentally Zoroastrian one; in fact, the entire faith of Zoroastrianism is predicated on the struggle between God and the forces of goodness and light (represented by the Holy Spirit, Spenta Manyu) and Ahriman, who presides over the forces of darkness and evil. While man has to choose to which side he belongs, the religion teaches that ultimately, God will prevail, and even those condemned to hellfire will enjoy the blessings of Paradise (an Old Persian word)."