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Follow a trail of archaeological discoveries and discover the forgotten story of God’s wife, the Hebrew Mother Goddess Asherah . . .
Was Asherah the wife of Yahweh?
Biblical and archaeological data indicate Asherah was Yahweh’s primary wife.
Although a blasphemous and disturbing notion to some, the historical evidence indicates that:
“Not only does Yahweh have a consort, but he’s got
one in every town.”
The Goddess in the Hebrew Bible
The Bible states upon arrival, the ancient Israelites began worship of the goddess Asherah (Judges 2:13; 10:6).
Asherah worship was widespread through the time of Samuel (1 Sam 7:3-4; 12:10) and was royally sanctioned by King Solomon (1 Kings 11:5; 2 Kings 23:13).
After the Philistines killed Israel’s first King, Saul, his armor was placed in the Beth Shean temple of Asherah (1 Sam 31:10).
The Illustrated Bible Dictionary
The Bible also reveals “that the worship of Asherah, which had been popular among the Hebrew tribes for three centuries,was introduced into the Jerusalem Temple by King Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, in or about 928 BCE. . . . of the 370 years during which the Solomonic Temple stood in Jerusalem the statue of Asherah was present in the Temple, and her worship was a part of the legitimate religion approved and led by the king, the court, and the priesthood, for no less than 236 years (almost two-thirds of the time).” The Hebrew Goddess
Turning to the archaeological evidence, experts conclude that ancient inscriptions and artifacts discovered in Judah and Israel, indicate “Asherah as a goddess and as a religious object was venerated in the coastal area of Palestine from Tyre to the Philistine Pentapolis, and even in Egypt.” Only One God? Monotheism in Ancient Israel and the Veneration of the Goddess Asherah
The preponderance of archaeological artifacts “provide evidence of various religious practices that coexisted in Judah alongside the official worship of Yahweh.” Biblical Archaeology Review
Most specifically, the “Asherah cult thus came to be regarded as much a feature of popular religion in ancient Israel and Judah as the worship of Yahweh.” Biblical Archaeology Review*
The discovery of a galaxy of feminine artifacts is so compelling that:
“ . . . archaeology is literally forcing us to revise our basic notion of what ancient israelite religion was.
In particular, we now know that the old Mother Goddess Asherah -virtually expunged from the texts of the Hebrew Bible,
and all but forgotten by rabbinical times -
never died out, but enjoyed a vigorous life throughout the Monarchy.”
What Did the Biblical Writers Know & When Did They Know It?
According to both the Bible and archaeology, the ancient Jews and early Christians worshipped a Mother God alongside Father God.
What happened to her?
Incredulously, “it isn’t that the Mother God was absent
from their worship.
Rather she was consciously eradicated from worship
by the religious authorities.”
Biblical Archaeology Review
*This website presents historical and archaeological information about the Mother Goddess Asherah.
All of the above data is detailed and extensively referenced in
History’s Vanquished Goddess Asherah.
Extensively researched and referenced, the archaeological and historical evidence includes: 555 original drawings,
183 mini-maps and
274 Similar Iconographic/Historic Associations.
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