Interesting... So interesting. Me things that there is so much to story here that ripped from the "good book," pried from truth, disregarded, hidden, buried, and/or destroyed. So much could be known from a full biblical history. There is otherness here in the things that have been cast out from their mythology. Kind of saddles up with the story about early Roman's sanctioning a gay marriage, absorption of other death-and-resurrection deities into the early church, reincarnation, how Satan was God in another form (Elaine Pagel's "A History of Satan,') and various other omitted bits of story.
This needs expansion... There were TWO deities in Christian Mythology.
- God, also known as Yahweh, had a wife named Asherah, according to a British theologian.
- Amulets, figurines, inscriptions and ancient texts, including the Bible, reveal Asherah's once prominent standing.
God had a wife, Asherah, whom the Book of Kings suggests was worshiped alongside Yahweh in his temple in Israel, according to an Oxford scholar.
In 1967, Raphael Patai was the first historian to mention that the ancient Israelites worshiped both Yahweh and Asherah. The theory has gained new prominence due to the research of 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.
Information presented in Stavrakopoulou's books, lectures and journal papers has become the basis of a three-part documentary series, now airing in Europe, where she discusses the Yahweh-Asherah connection.
"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," writes Stavrakopoulou in a statement released to the British media. "He is a solitary figure, a single, universal creator, not one God among many … or so we like to believe."
Full Discovery News article here: [LINK]
- Asherah, Wife of God (fractalfortress.wordpress.com)
- Elaine Pagels and the Gnostic Gospels (womenshistory.answers.com)
- Bible-crazy (bishopinthegrove.com)
- The Keys To Christmas. (inominandum.com)
- Wrestling With The Gods (patheos.com)