Don’t Call It Tammuz!

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Most modern Jews refer to the Fourth Hebrew Month as "Tammuz", the name of a pagan fertility deity mentioned in the Book of Ezekiel. The prophet Ezekiel described a vision in which an angel brought him to the Temple in Jerusalem:

"Then he brought me to the door of the gate of Yehovah's house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz." Ezekiel 8:14

In the 19th century, archaeologists began to uncover archaeological remains that shed light on the ancient pagan religion that led the Israelites astray. Today we know the women were weeping over Tammuz, because he was a fertility god who represented the life cycle of wheat. In Israel, wheat becomes ripe in early Summer when the wheat plant dies, leaving behind a viable seed that can be planted the next year. The Winter rains provide moisture,  causing the new wheat crop to rise out of the ground. Unlike in Europe and North America, the Summer in Israel is characterized by a dry period with no rain in which everything green dies and the Winter is characterized by rain with abundant growth and life. The ancient pagans believed that this agricultural cycle of Summer death and Winter rebirth was a shadow picture of the life of Tammuz. The god Tammuz died in early Summer leaving behind the life giving food that sustained the world; then he was resurrected in the Winter, beginning the cycle again.

Tammuz is often thought to be a Babylonian fertility god. However, a stone monument discovered at Arad in southern Israel may be the earliest representation of the Canaanite Tammuz. The "Arad Stela" (see above image) dating to the Early Bronze Age shows a personified grain deity standing and lying down. Archaeologists have suggested that this represents the death and resurrection of Tammuz.

Later Israelites in the time of Ezekiel adopted this pagan belief. The women were weeping over Tammuz because of his tragic death, which brought life to the world.

Today, echoes of the worship of Tammuz survive in Jewish tradition. The name Tammuz itself only appears in the Bible in reference to this pagan deity. However, Jewish tradition adopted the name "Tammuz" for the Fourth Hebrew Month. Over the centuries the pagan origins of the "Month of Tammuz" were forgotten, only to be rediscovered in modern times. Jewish tradition considers Tammuz to be a month of mourning, and rabbinical Jews even observe a fast on the 17th day of the month. They also refrain from listening to music and other joyous acts from the 17th to the end of the month. The origins of these mourning practices have become obscured over time, and today tradition associates them with the destruction of the Temple. Little do they know that mourning during the Month of Tammuz began long before the destruction of the Temple with a mourning over the death of Tammuz.

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  • Abigail says:

    Hello Nehemia. U often say “Christians” did this and that when describing the horrors done actually for the most part by Catholicism. Catholicism is NOT Christian and vise versa. Yes, some true Christians may have participated but a true believer would not participate in such practices. Why, bcause if led by Ruach Ha Chodesh, they’re appalled by such horrendous acts. Once u can distinguish between the two, u’ll b able t separate the historical facts and many things will begin t come into focus. I realize I may b stoned fr speaking truth; however, it’s time fr truth t come forth. Thank u fr ur teachings. Shalom

    • What a wonderful example of the No True Scotsman fallacy!

      • No, because NTS is a fallacy for there exists no premise in the definition of “Scotsman” which makes such acts impossible (or even unlikely). In the case of Christians, the premise is that a Christian, per definition is a person that follows the example of Yeshua of Nazareth; making it imposible to be a true Christian a person that would commit acts of cruelty. Extensively, since Yeshua was a practicing Jew, a true Jew would not do such things either; as Paul said, Jew is the one that is (Jew) in the inside.

        • Gary Michaels says:

          Born a Jew, I nevertheless spent some three decades on the christian side of things, attending evangelical and baptist churches during those years. NO MORE, and not for several years now!

          I’m slow, to say the least, because it took me that long to realize that christians wouldn’t necessarily know the truth if it jumped up and bit them on the…er…well…um ankles—that’s right, if it jumped up and bit them on the ankles! There’s this underlying self-notion—or, more appropriately, an ‘air’ about christians—that contends that “their own dung stinketh not!” That’s not only something NOT supported by the Tanakh, it doesn’t exist in the NT either. Even more importantly, life itself offers up substantial evidence to the contrary. Yet I’d even heard pastors tell their congregations they don’t need to apologize to any one for the then current, lacking state of christianity.

          So your claim that a person’s designation as christian precludes them from evil is preposterous, and only bolsters Nehemia’s statement about NTS. MY conscience and my experience over the last 5 or 6 years have taught me that I should no longer be quoting the NT so I won’t, but the proof of what I am saying IS in there. Better yet, find it in the original—the Tanakh.

          • JakeHAVA says:

            Gary Michaels, for the most part, according to the evidence that this family has found, what you say is very close to the truth. There is, and has been for thousands of years, a great deception presented in many forms that we humans of all “religions” have grabbed onto hook, line and sinker. A few somehow, miraculously, find their way out of this great deception. There is one verse in what people call the “new testament” that reveals who these people who truly belong to our Creator are. And, they are chosen by Him and no one else. It is those few chosen who have been able to dig through the layer upon layer of misinformation and lies found in both current collections of writings that you refer to and have been able to come to a knowledge of the truth and live by it.

            Yara shalam

        • Karen Powell says:

          It’s histerical that the name Hamish McDonald is used in the NTS example.Considering the Massacre of Glencoe .When the Campbells slaughtered the Wedding of the MacDonalds.Even nawing /hacking off the brides ring. Hamish McDonald wuldn’t know much about history and would have been coming from an erronous position to start with. Abigail is addressing basically how the world assumes that Catholism and Christainity is not the same. Yet is assumed to be so. Just because.Eli and his sons were decended from Aaron,were performing services,carrying the Ark does not mean that YHVH was happy with them.They had the credentials and looked like God’s chosen Priests.But they were Sons of Belial.Not Sons of God.

      • D says:

        So what is the month actually called?

  • Alicia says:

    I knew it! The name Tammuz is pagan! I name the Jewish month number 4

  • Gary says:

    Alot of debate has been drawn over lent and 40 days people call the weeping for Tammuz. Lent itself comes from the sanhedrin writings itself.Here is what is written in Baraitha Bab. Sanhedrin 43a, probably second century:

    On the eve of Passover Yeshu was hanged. For forty days before the execution took place, a herald went forth and cried, “He is going forth to be stoned because he has practiced sorcery and enticed Israel to apostasy. Any one who can say anything in his favour, let him come forward and plead on his behalf.” But since nothing was brought forward in his favour he was hanged on the eve of the Passover! – Ulla retorted: Do you suppose that he was one for whom a defence could be made? Was he not a _Mesith_ [enticer], concerning him Scripture says, _Neither shalt though spare, neither shalt thou conceal him?_ With Yeshu however it was different, for he was connected with the government for royalty [i.e., influential]. Our Rabbis taught: Yeshu had five disciples, Matthai, Nakai, Nezer, Buni, and Todah.

    See sanhedrin 43a.

  • Sandy says:

    How is Jesus any different than Tammuz? It appears to me that when Paul took Jesus to the Gentiles they just made him into another one of their deities.