Michael Hamar

Inconvenient History - God's Wife Was Edited Out of the Bible

Filed By Michael Hamar | March 25, 2011 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Marriage Equality
Tags: Bible, Christianists, Israel, science over ignorance

As many readers have no doubt figured out long before now, I have little use for ASHERAH.pngChristianists who rant that the Bible is God's inerrant word. Logic, science and ever so inconvenient history and archaeological evidence dictate more and more each day that the truth is that Biblical inerrancy is a crutch for those who choose to be ignorant by choice and those who are so psychologically warped and/or fragile that they cannot countenance any uncertainty in their lives.

That said, I'm not an atheist or an opponent of the Gospel message (although I'm no fan of large chunks of the Old Testament and many of St. Paul's epistles). I simply cannot stand those who peddle lies or voluntarily opt for ignorance.

But to get to the point of this post, a British theologian has come forward with a premise that the earliest Israelites worshiped not just one male deity - Yahweh - but also a female deity that has been hypothesized to have been Yahweh's wife.

Brace yourself from the shrieks of denial from the "inerrant Bible" beaters who already ignore the fact that polygamy, not " one man and one woman" marriage - was the Old Testament norm. Here are highlights from the International Business Times:

The Judeo-Christian God may have been married, according to a British theologian, who says the Almighty, also known as 'Yahweh', had a wife - a goddess named Asherah. Francesca Stavrakopoulou of the University of Exeter is throwing new light on the theory, suggesting that God had a wife who was edited out of the Bible.

In 1967, historian Raphael Patai mentioned that the ancient Israelites worshiped both Yahweh and Asherah, according to Discovery News. . . . Archaeological evidence 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, who was worshipped in his temple in Jerusalem, Stavrakopoulou says.

Stavrakopoulou says the Almighty's wife was presented as a deity in Israel, who sat alongside him. "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," Stavrakopoulou says.

The goddess Asherah was worshipped in Yahweh's temple in Jerusalem.

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, Stavrakopoulou says. "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."

J. Edward Wright, president of The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies and The Albright Institute for Archaeological Research, supported Stavrakopoulou's findings, saying several Hebrew inscriptions mention "Yahweh and his Asherah.

Mentions of the goddess Asherahin the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) are rare and have been heavily edited by the ancient authors who gathered the texts together." "The ancient Israelites were polytheists," Brody [Aaron Brody, director of the Bade Museum] told Discovery News.

Can't you hear Tony Perkins, Albert Mohler, James Dobson, and others like them going into apoplexy at this news? I suspect as time goes by, more and more proof that the Bible is anything but inerrant will surface. The ensuing batshittery will be most entertaining to watch.

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Friday night, women light candles and pray to the Bride of Sabbath. The Hebrew Bible is about the transition from the goddess worship (horticulture) to the god worship (agriculture). The entire story is in the myth of Cain and Abel - the man who planted (Abel) and the man who domesticated animals (animal HUSBANDry). There has been evidence of this for decades so this is nothing new, just new to people who are afraid of being kicked out of heaven if they seek knowledge. The original sin is in the Adam and Eve creation myth - and that sin is being tempted by knowledge. That's why these Christianists pray to not be led into the temptation of the evil knowledge and delivered from the evil of knowledge.

The Christian bible is the European transition of the goddess worship (Mary) and the god worship (Jesus). The story Constantine's scribes wrote was a revision of the Persian myth of Mithra, and incorporates all the pagan (pagani means peasant) myths of the day. Easter was the goddess of fertility. Constantine made up these myths as the First Solution to the Jewish Problem - the origin of the blood libel -making the son of the Hebrew god a Jew killed by Jews, and then had the Jew Saul claim that he believed Jesus was the messiah. Constantine then killed all the Jews who didn't believe this myth.

Unfortunately for many reasons, the people who are the most rejecting of what the Bible actually says are the Fundamentalists who claim its inerrancy, despite the manifold internal inconsistencies -- I have seen very little evidence that these scumbags have actually opened it and lots of evidence that they haven't.

Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | March 25, 2011 12:39 PM

It's just an ancient and really very badly written scifi/fantasy.

Theres's nothing there to argue about or write home about.

Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | June 1, 2011 3:18 AM

Except of course for Thor.

I saw him in 3D and became an instant disciple.

I don't know why anyone says it's the inerrant word considering the centuries long editing process the Bible went under in the first millenium as people were deciding what to put in it and what to leave out.

Even Christians today don't agree about what's in the Bible - see the Apocrypha, the Septuigint, the books of Enoch and Jubilees, and the Meqabyan. Add to that the various English translations out there and how some people consider specific translations (like King James) the inerrant word of God and it's pretty obvious that it should not be taken literally.

Being Pagan I have no problem with the Hebrew God haveing a Goddess at his side then thats me.After all his first commmandment says you shall have no other Gods before me.Hmm If he is it then why have the rule about other Gods?

Darrol Pierson | March 26, 2011 9:39 AM

Unfortunately, little of this is very new. Some new evidence surfaces, but the idea that the Bible contains errors and contradictions has been around for several centuries. This has not prevented the fundamentalist types from using the Bible to condemn all sorts of beliefs and practices. I would not expect a much different result from scholarly evidence that Yahweh had a wife. The powers of denial are quite strong.

It's sort of old news. As Cathy noted above, the whole point of the Covenant was that Yahweh took first place among the gods -- that was the meaning of "You shall have no other gods before me" -- "me first." It got recast as "You shall have no other gods period." I suspect they borrowed that idea from the Egyptians (Akhnaten -- the whole idea of God as an abstract concept), although it wasn't so popular there (he was deposed by the priesthood). But it's not really a big surprise that Yahweh had a wife -- that was pretty much normal.

I suspect as time goes by, more and more proof that the Bible is anything but inerrant will surface.

Hasn't stopped them so far!

Of course, God and Asherahin split up when she got wind of his illegitimate child with Mary....

I worship Proverbs 8 Wisdom as a Goddess (Sophia) A.K.A. Alchemy. Her Consort is Jehovah the Lord Hunter God. Their Son is Yeshua Christ. The Goddess Sophia was, "Brought up as a Master Craftsman At Jehovah's Side." Proverbs 8