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Why the BBC's new face of religion believes God had a WIFE

Post by Guest on Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:56 am

You might know him as Yahweh, Allah or God. But on this fact, Jews, Muslims and Christians, the people of the great Abrahamic religions, are agreed: there is only one of Him. He is a solitary figure, a single, universal creator, not one God among many.

Or so we like to believe. After years of research specialising in the history and religion of Israel, however, I have come to a colourful and what could seem - to some - uncomfortable conclusion: that God had a wife.
Archaeological evidence including inscriptions, figurines and ancient texts as well as details in the Bible, indicate not just that he was one of several worshipped in ancient Israel, but that he was also coupled with a goddess. She was worshipped alongside him in his temple in Jerusalem.

Very significant is the Bible's admission that the goddess Asherah was worshipped 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. What, then, was her relationship to Yahweh?


Asherah was the wife of El, the high god at Ugarit - a god who shares much in common with Yahweh. Strikingly, Yahweh is often called 'El' in the Bible and he performs many of the same roles.

Despite numerous references to Asherah worship in the Bible, there wasn't enough evidence to link her explicitly with the high god of ancient Israel, Yahweh. Until, that is, the discovery of a remarkable ceramic inscription in the Sinai desert. The inscription is a petition for a blessing. Crucially, the inscription asks for a blessing from 'Yahweh and his Asherah'. Here was evidence that presented Yahweh and Asherah as a divine pair. And now a handful of similar inscriptions have since been found, all of which help to strengthen the case that the God of the Bible once had a wife.



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Post by Guest on Sun Mar 06, 2011 2:32 pm

sprite wrote:You might know him as Yahweh, Allah or God. But on this fact, Jews, Muslims and Christians, the people of the great Abrahamic religions, are agreed: there is only one of Him. He is a solitary figure, a single, universal creator, not one God among many.

Or so we like to believe. After years of research specialising in the history and religion of Israel, however, I have come to a colourful and what could seem - to some - uncomfortable conclusion: that God had a wife.
Archaeological evidence including inscriptions, figurines and ancient texts as well as details in the Bible, indicate not just that he was one of several worshipped in ancient Israel, but that he was also coupled with a goddess. She was worshipped alongside him in his temple in Jerusalem.

Very significant is the Bible's admission that the goddess Asherah was worshipped 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. What, then, was her relationship to Yahweh?


Asherah was the wife of El, the high god at Ugarit - a god who shares much in common with Yahweh. Strikingly, Yahweh is often called 'El' in the Bible and he performs many of the same roles.

Despite numerous references to Asherah worship in the Bible, there wasn't enough evidence to link her explicitly with the high god of ancient Israel, Yahweh. Until, that is, the discovery of a remarkable ceramic inscription in the Sinai desert. The inscription is a petition for a blessing. Crucially, the inscription asks for a blessing from 'Yahweh and his Asherah'. Here was evidence that presented Yahweh and Asherah as a divine pair. And now a handful of similar inscriptions have since been found, all of which help to strengthen the case that the God of the Bible once had a wife.



That puts the cat amoungst the pigeons! Where does that leave every christian in the world. Can you see the Pope's face? Priests my not have a wife, but God had one!!!!!!!!!!

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Post by Guest on Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:52 pm

Hi folks. our so-called loving father who's moral codes we are expected to follow had, as with other mythical gods, sexual relationships with sisters, and more than one wife:

Jehovah’s Wives.
AHOLIBAH A wife of JEHOVAH, condemned by the Hebrews.

ANATHA BAETYL A wife of JEHOVAH. Solomon built 2 temples beside JEHOVAH’S in Jerusalem, one to this goddess and one to ASHIMA BAETYL.

ASHERA (ASHERAT) Canaanite (originally Assyrian) Mother goddess & wife of BAAL. She was worshipped alongside JEHOVAH as his wife and sister, in Solomon’s temple .

ASHIMA BAETYL Another wife of JEHOVAH who had a temple beside that for ANATHA BAETYL.

SOPHIA (‘Wisdom’) Gnostic personification of wisdom as feminine. CF: Bible Proverbs 9. Luke 7: 35. Mother of virgin birth (?) Festival August 15th. & October 5th. A wife & sister of JEHOVAH. Their daughter was SOPHIA AKHAMOTH, also reputedly a virgin birth.

SOPHIA AKHAMOTH Daughter of SOPHIA & JEHOVAH, but also reputedly a virgin birth. She brought wisdom to mankind. Occultists link her to the lower astral light, or ether.

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Post by Guest on Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:10 pm

Well they do say, behind every great man there is a great woman!

Or should that be great women stardesk Very Happy

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Post by Guest on Sun Mar 06, 2011 11:08 pm

No wonder the world's a mess, god's too busy with his birds!

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Post by Guest on Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:23 am

Morning folks.

John, he was so busy collecting panties as trophys he forgot about the world. As you said, no wonder it's in the state that it is.

Molly, indeed there often is, as traditionally said, a woman behind every great man but, anciently and traditionally, in most of the world's mythologies you will find that the Goddess Creator is predominant, not a god. I haven't counted them yet in my files but I will do, but I know there is a higher percentage of Goddesses than Gods.

This no doubt derives from the birth of life being a feminine activity. The ancient Greek's Mother Creator Goddess was Gaia and this feminine principle is still used today to mean the Earth and its life. The name is used frequently in some scientific circles.

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Post by Guest on Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:29 am

sprite wrote:You might know him as Yahweh, Allah or God. But on this fact, Jews, Muslims and Christians, the people of the great Abrahamic religions, are agreed: there is only one of Him. He is a solitary figure, a single, universal creator, not one God among many.

Or so we like to believe. After years of research specialising in the history and religion of Israel, however, I have come to a colourful and what could seem - to some - uncomfortable conclusion: that God had a wife.
Archaeological evidence including inscriptions, figurines and ancient texts as well as details in the Bible, indicate not just that he was one of several worshipped in ancient Israel, but that he was also coupled with a goddess. She was worshipped alongside him in his temple in Jerusalem.

Very significant is the Bible's admission that the goddess Asherah was worshipped 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. What, then, was her relationship to Yahweh?


Asherah was the wife of El, the high god at Ugarit - a god who shares much in common with Yahweh. Strikingly, Yahweh is often called 'El' in the Bible and he performs many of the same roles.

Despite numerous references to Asherah worship in the Bible, there wasn't enough evidence to link her explicitly with the high god of ancient Israel, Yahweh. Until, that is, the discovery of a remarkable ceramic inscription in the Sinai desert. The inscription is a petition for a blessing. Crucially, the inscription asks for a blessing from 'Yahweh and his Asherah'. Here was evidence that presented Yahweh and Asherah as a divine pair. And now a handful of similar inscriptions have since been found, all of which help to strengthen the case that the God of the Bible once had a wife.



Interesting post sprite, but to be honest the full form of judaism really didn't take hold until the enslavement in Babylonia.
Before this time, when you read the bible, you can see that a consort of Yahweh was worshipped by many, even in the split of kingdoms, you read of people doing evil in the face of the lord worshipping Baal, which really only means lord or as some believe the son or yahweh.
The true first monothiest faith was the aten in egypt, which many believe the jews adapted themselves.

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