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    God's Wife, Asherah, May Have Been Edited Out Of The Bible Says Theologian

    This might not exactly be the version of the Bible you remember from Sunday school.

    Early versions of the Bible apparently featured a fertility godess, Asherah, who may have been God's wife, at least according to one British theologian. Apparently, historian Raphael Patai mentioned ancient Israelites worshiped both Yahweh and Asherah as far back as 1967, according to Discovery.

    Francesca Stavrakopoulou, who began her work at Oxford and is now a senior lecturer in the department of Theology and Religion at the University of Exeter, is shedding new light on the theory. However, even if she's right, the Bible's editors may very well have wiped her almost clean from the document, reports TIME.

    From TIME:

    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."
    It's all a bit Dan Brown-ish, but apparently there are still a few signs of her in the Bible.

    From Discovery:

    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."
    Whether the goddess was actually edited out of the document is debatable, but Aaron Brody, director of the Bade Museum and an associate professor of Bible and archaeology at the Pacific School of Religion, told TIME the ancient Isrealites were, in fact, polytheists.

    Stavrakopoulou's books and papers have become the basis for a documentary series in Europe where she discusses the Yahweh-Asherah connection.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/0...tml?view=print


    I would not be at all surprised if this was true.

    Man has always been very sexist.
    Last edited by Phunkie; 03-23-2011 at 12:22 AM.

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    Awesome. This is just awesome.


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    Wow, did the Christians ever get trolled.

    Not only did a SECOND god exist, but it was FEMALE as well.

    Daymn.

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    lol, awesome. Although, if it were true, I wouldn't be surprised that men wanted to take power away from women.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mentosftw View Post
    Wow, did the Christians ever get trolled.

    Not only did a SECOND god exist, but it was FEMALE as well.

    Daymn.
    trolol

    collapse of religion go.

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    If it were true, then why does the bible say that they have to believe in one god?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kazuni View Post
    If it were true, then why does the bible say that they have to believe in one god?
    Because Man is sexist?

    They refused to acknowledge women at all as equal to men. The sexism is quite clear in the Bible.
    Last edited by Phunkie; 03-23-2011 at 12:41 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kazuni View Post
    If it were true, then why does the bible say that they have to believe in one god?
    Because the bible was written by a man who probably didn't think women deserved power of any sort?

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    Personally, I don't think it's true. I don't really have a basis for this statement.

    Edit: Actually, I kinda do. The fact that it seems like God was always only supposed to be the only god worshipped, and the fact that Christians turned all other gods at the time into demons.
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    Not surprising, imo. Plus, who honestly believes in just one God? If Gods do exist, I highly doubt there is only one. (Greek Gods, anyone?)
    Plus, Women probably make better Gods anyhow. (less blinded by sin)

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