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This is another excerpt from my upcoming book, Beyond Flesh and Blood. As always, some of the information may change during the editing process, but feel free to leave any comments you have on the subject.
The Origin of The Shed
The Shed were well known throughout the Middle East as powerful spirits. The first place in the Bible that we encounter the Shed is in reference to Israel worshiping them.
“They sacrificed unto devils (Shed), not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.” – Deuteronomy 32:17
The deeper we look into the words of Moses, the stranger the entire verse becomes. The first thing that we notice is that sacrifices are being made to these Shed by the Israelites. The second aspect to this strange scenario is that Moses points out that these were new “gods” that not even their fathers feared. In order to keep this in perspective, we have to remember that the Israelites had just been freed from Egypt, where they worshipped many different gods. The Shed were completely different than the gods that were worshiped in Egypt. Moses also tells us that they were “new gods that came newly up”.
- New – Chadash (Hebrew) – New thing, something new.
Not only were the Hebrews sacrificing to these Shed, Moses points out that their fathers did not fear them. This seems to imply that the Israelites may have had a genuine fear of the Shed that did not exist in previous generations. Let’s take a look at the word used for fear in Hebrew.
- Fear – Sa’ar (Hebrew) – to shiver, to be horribly afraid.
The Israelites were much more than scared; the English equivalent to the word sa’ar would be terrified. Not only were they terrified, but it is in the book of Psalms that we find out just how terrified they were and what kind of sacrifices they were making to the Shed.
“Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,” – Psalm 106:37
The Israelites were so scared that they began to sacrifice their own sons and daughters. What kind of entity would make a person so fearful that they would kill their own flesh and blood in a sacrifice? Unfortunately, the Bible does not give us a description of these entities, but there was another culture in the area, that were worshipers of the Shed and kept very detailed records of them, including carvings and depictions.
The Assyrians and Babylonians worshiped creatures known as the Shedu. Both cultures were closely connected and spoke the Semitic language Akkadian, which was very similar to ancient Hebrew. According to the beliefs at the time, the Lamassu (female) and the Shedu (male) was the same creature. These beings were depicted in the following manner:
According to the Assyrian and Babylonian cultures, the Shedu were hybrids with the body of a bull, wings of an eagle, and the head of a man. Stories of hybrid creatures generally appear in two time periods: very ancient history and modern times. As we continue digging into the origin of demons, we will see that there is a very strong connection between demons and hybrid creatures.
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