Goddess in the Bible?

I just read a fascinating blog post regarding Asherah in the Bible.  I highly recommend that you read it.  It speaks of Asherah, wife of YHWH, who was expunged from the Bible we have today by monotheists.

It has many archaeological and Biblical citations to back this up, but the one that really got me was the reference to Genesis 1:26:

“Then Elohim said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’

So Elohim created man in his own image, in the image of Elohim he created them; male and female he created them.”

I have always had a problem with the plurality of that quote, but the argument that Carisa makes quite eloquently brings together many Biblical oddities like this.  For example, why (in 2 Kings 18) is Hezekiah smashing a snake made by Moses?  I thought Moses was one of the all-time good guys of the Bible?  This passage made no sense to me.  But by looking at Judaism as a polytheistic religion that was “reformed” by monotheists, and understanding that the Bible was heavily edited by those trying to make it look like the religion had always been monotheistic, strange references like these begin to make sense.

Anyway – Carisa is much more eloquent than I and makes very well reasoned arguments.  I am personally fascinated and intend to learn more about Ashera.

-Cypher

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