Raise your hand if you knew that God might have had a "wife", and that she might have been edited out of the Bible!
It's true, some researchers and theologists believe that Asherah, a fertility goddess, may have been featured in early versions of the Bible and could have been God's wife.
A historian named Raphael Patai even brought up that ancient Israelites worshipped both Yahweh and Asherah back in 1967, so even though this idea is relatively new, it isn't that new!
Now, Francesca Stavrakopoulou, who might win the Hardest Name To Spell And Pronounce Ever Award, is now a senior lecturer in the department of Theology and Religion at the University of Exeter while dropping knowledge bombs on the theory!
What remains of God's purported other half are clues in ancient texts, amulets and figurines unearthed primarily in an ancient Canaanite coastal city, now in modern-day Syria. Inscriptions on pottery found in the Sinai desert also show Yahweh and Asherah were worshipped as a pair, and a passage in the Book of Kings mentions the goddess as being housed in the temple of Yahweh.
J. Edward Wright, president of The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies and The Albright Institute for Archaeological Research, backs Stavrakopoulou's findings, saying several Hebrew inscriptions mention "Yahweh and his Asherah."
So incredibly inneresting!!
Also significant, Stavrakopoulou believes, "is the Bible's admission that the goddess Asherah was worshiped in Yahweh's Temple in Jerusalem. In the Book of Kings, we're told that a statue of Asherah was housed in the temple and that female temple personnel wove ritual textiles for her."
Director of the Bade Museum and an associate professor of Bible and archaeology at the Pacific School of Religion, Aaron Brody, supports the idea that the ancient Isrealites were polytheists.
Wow. We'll definitely have to look into this some more!
This could gain a lot of momentum with more and more research being done on it. It's ALWAYS good to keep an open mind about things, and throw those questions out there!
How do U feel about this theory??
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