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God had a wife, Asherah, whom the Book of Kings suggests was worshipped 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 worshipped both Yahweh and Asherah. The theory has gained new prominence because of 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...
To me this is not woath wasting my breath trying to refute such garbage or rubbish This is the BBC that Hates Christianity coming up with atheistic scholars to do a series on the bible which they do not believe, why should someone who has no interest in say bike riding comment on someone who uses a bike all the time I have checked Francesca site out she it has crazy information on in which noone should take seriously but I guess it will be the rubbish that we will have to refute on the streets when evangelising
Jehovah is the result when the Masoretes added vowels to the OT back about 1000 years ago. YHVH is the transliteration of the four Hebrew letters, and it sounds like YeHoVah with the vowels added (we translate the y into a j sound in changing from Hebrew to English).
I agree with you, HiChris, regarding the transliteration of YHWH in the Hebrew Bible. It shouldn't be Jehovah. But it's not as simple as that. There are different places in the Hebrew Bible where the name is spelled differently. In some places it is Yahveh (v's in Hebrew were at one time pronounced as w's), and sometimes it is spelt as Yehoveh.
I don't know exactly why there is a difference, but as far as I know, the name comes from the Hebrew root "to be", and probably means something like "I AM" in English.
Rufus - Yahweh is the transliterated spelling of the Hebrew Proper name that God told to Abraham (YHWH). This name was incorrectly transliterated to Jehovah centuries ago; so Jehovah is Yahweh.
That said Baal and Asherah were the male and female false deities of the Canaanites. As it is clear in the old testament many Israelites were led astray and worshiped them. And we know as well that idols were put in God's holy temple - that doesn't make any of them his wife.
We know that only the Church is the Bride of Christ.
Easton Dictionary wrote: ASHERAH: and pl. Asherim in Revised Version, instead of "grove" and "groves" of the Authorized Version. This was the name of a sensual Canaanitish goddess Astarte, the feminine of the Assyrian Ishtar. Its symbol was the stem of a tree deprived of its boughs, and rudely shaped into an image, and planted in the ground. Such religious symbols ("groves") are frequently alluded to in Scripture (Ex. 34:13; Judg. 6:25; 2 Kings 23:6; 1 Kings 16:33, etc.). These images were also sometimes made of silver or of carved stone (2 Kings 21:7; "the graven image of Asherah," R.V.)....
No woman is expert on the Bible,
Revelation 2 20 'But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray, so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.---NASB
"The King James Version translated Asherah â€śgroveâ€ť and the proper noun â€śAshtaroth.â€ť"
"The writers of the Old Testament referred to the image of Asherah as well as to â€śprophetsâ€ť belonging to her and to vessels used in her worship (1 Kings 15:13, 1 Kings 18:19; 2 Kings 21:7, 2 Kings 23:4; 2 Chronicles 15:16). Over half of the Old Testament references to Asherah can be found in the books of Kings and Chronicles. Deuteronomy 7:5; Deuteronomy 12:3 instructed the Israelites to cut down and burn up the Asherim (plural form of Asherah). Deuteronomy 16:21 prohibited the planting of a tree as an â€śAsherah.â€ť"
"The writers of the Old Testament did not provide an actual description of an â€śasherahâ€ť or the origin of the worship of Asherah. Other religious writings from the Ancient Near East indicate that â€śAsherahâ€ť was the Hebrew name for an Amorite or Canaanite goddess who was worshiped in various parts of the Ancient Near East" (J.Newell)(Holman Bible Dic)
Yahweh is Baal. Further, if they read their Holy Bibles they would find that Yahweh is never mentioned within it. Far better it would be for them to worship the God of the Holy Bible known as Jehovah, JAH, Jesus (Jehovah is Saviour) or many other Godly names...Yahweh, of course, not being one of them.
San Jose John wrote: Do these idiots--I mean, "scholars"--ever read the Bible? If they do they sure seem to have a pretty low regard for it and what it says. Baal, not Yahweh, was married to Asherah. Jeremiah 3:14 says: Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am MARRIED unto YOU (i.e. ISRAEL/JUDAH): and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: (etc.). Yahweh was married to Israel/Judah, not Asherah.