Fertility Goddess Asherah: Was 'God's Wife' Edited Out of the Bible?

  • metta

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    Mar 23, 2011 7:52 AM GMT
    Fertility Goddess Asherah: Was 'God's Wife' Edited Out of the Bible?

    http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/03/22/fertility-goddess-asherah-was-gods-wife-edited-out-of-the-bible/
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    Mar 29, 2011 2:59 AM GMT
    I have seen some of the posts you have made and I have to say I love that you challenge generally accepted schools of thought. I am by no means a scholar... However, theoretical theology fascinates me.
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    Mar 29, 2011 11:24 PM GMT
    Yes I watched that programme presented by Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou, and I agree with her that the goddess Asherah is mentioned not a few times in the Old Testament.
    It was a slight variation of another Hebrew word which is translated Hosts. Hence LORD of Hosts, with the Hebrew equivalent of the letters JHWH translated into English as LORD, but we also use these letters to spell Yahweh or Jehovah.

    But there are one or two things that bother me: If Asherah was Yahweh's wife, then why was Yahweh himself so forbidding in the Israelites worshipping her? I would have thought by worshipping her would have given honour, not disgrace, to her husband, just as Jesus Christ himself declared that who ever honours him honours the Father also.
    Secondly, the Bible says God is eternal, from everlasting to everlasting. If so, then was Asherah eternal too? If not, then we must assume that God (Yahweh) must have initially created her himself for the specific purpose to marry her. Why would he need to do that?

    Then we need to see all of this from a Christian perspective. God is seen as existing eternally as three Persons in one Godhead: Father Son and Holy Spirit. Did God the Father have sex with Asherah and had a Son between them? If so, then when on Earth, Jesus wasn't quite telling the truth when he publicly declared, "Before Abraham was, I am". That statement speaks of eternal existence. Not to mention the third Person, the Holy Spirit. Where does he fit into the picture?

    The title LORD of hosts appear often in the OT. Scholars agree that the "hosts" here refers to the multitude of angels serving him in heaven.

    http://sauna-nut.blogspot.com

    That link leads to my blogging page, which discuss what is really going on behind Dr. Stravakopoulou's presentations.
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    Apr 05, 2011 5:39 AM GMT
    As far back as early Judaism... different religious priesthoods vied for power in the hierarchy.. the priesthood is traditionally the highest echelon in the human hierarchy (directly related to the gods).. so it is only logical that different editions of the ancient stories would have existed... they did so all the time and still do among different places... What we see here is simply the politics of the priestly class at work...
  • The6Degrees

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    Oct 01, 2011 2:14 AM GMT
    I'd read this article before.

    Thing is, the early tribes were all pagan. By pagan, I mean they had hundreds of deities...some were "married" some weren't.

    The Hebrew names for god "El", "Ya" "Ve", "Elohim", "Adonai" etc...etc...were all separate deities and many of them were "married" a variety of Goddesses.

    Here's just a few of the tribes that the biblical "god" came from;

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semitic

    and here are a few of the Goddesses to whom their male deities were "married"

    http://www.mothergoddess.com/middleeast.htm

    So the "god" of the bible is actually a composite of dozens of tribal deities and what is written about "him" (especially in the New Testament) fails to take this in to account, so, did "god" have a wife?

    It's better to say...were all the gods of the Semite tribes married?