I have also recently read about Osiris and Set who, in an earlier tradition, were viewed either as two faces or two aspects of the same divine essence of the solar deity. I have long thought that Yam and Hadad of Canaan were seasonal versions of each other, and together they are Cronus. I also see enough parallels between the Canaanite and Egyptian pairs to be comfortable believing there's a common origin (for example, Yam is called "River Judge" which we could also apply to Osiris). I've even been toying with the idea that Atum of Heliopolis (probably connected to Adam and Adam Kadmon) might derive from Atar-Min, where Atar is a prototype of Yam and Min of Thoth (or Amun/Ammon).
Either way, it occurred to me that YHWH could have emerged during the bronze age tribal period as a composite deity. An attempt to recognize the esoteric unity between these deities, while also honoring the cult adherents from both Egyptian and Canaanite cultures. I was also somewhat inspired by the idea of the tetramorph as perhaps a representation of multiple idol heads within the Jerusalem temple (though it seems scholars connect it directly to the Babylonian lameh). I no longer can see YHWH as a sort of tetramorph, but that he emerges as a composite also helps explain his emergence as a monolatric deity.
Just as Atum, if derived from Atar and Min, represents bronze age civilization reconciling divergent cults because of their common origin and similar esoteric meaning, so could YHWH represent a later and similar attempt to appeal to different cultures by invoking esoteric sameness.
So YHWH is: Yam Hadad Vav Hamor
- Yam is the Canaanite sea god and even in Hebrew it is literally the word for sea.
- Hadad is Baal Hadad, and again in Hebrew the exact word is used for thunder.
- Vav is pictographically a hook, in Hebrew in particular its associated with a shepherd's crook. I'm stretching a bit, but this could easily be used by proto-Hebraic people to reference Osiris.
- Hamor means donkey, and the donkey - whether or not a donkey idol ever appeared in the temple - is particularly important to post-Hyksos invasion Canaanites as an emblem for Set. Balaam and his ass, and his knowledge of the name of god are quite interesting in this light.
Each sect can see in YHWH their god. Especially since there are signs that ancient peoples saw more unity between Osiris and Set. The pair are faces of Ra, and Amun-Ra is a reemphasis of Min within Atum. Atar is very much a Yam or Cronus. The Carthaginians seemed to have used Hammon in the place of Yam or Cronus. Therefore, we can safely say these deities were seen by the ancients as different names or versions of the same entity.
Within these cults we also observe an impulse for esoteric monotheism which is seen for example in the Aten cult.
This is sort of a crass interpretation of the Tetragrammaton given the endless speculation around it, but the ancient Hebrew supports the same spellings and meanings.
What this means is that the Israelite confederacy has an official cult which reconciles different priestly groups and allows subjects to directly worship a particular god such as Baal Hadad, by paying tribute to YHWH.
If Atum was an earlier, Egyptian attempt to reconcile Canaanite and Egyptian cults, then YHWH may have emerged as simply a form of Atum. Shasu or Midianite nomads influenced by Heliopolis could have been the ones to invent him.
This also does in fact make Adam and YHWH equivalent, which greatly simplifies a lot of the mystical speculation.