History’s Vanquished Goddess Asherah

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Analyzing archaeological and historical aspects of pre-biblical religious traditions, this book focuses on the lost history of the Hebrew Goddess Asherah.

Following a trail of archaeological discoveries, the forgotten story of God’s wife, the Hebrew Mother Goddess Asherah, is slowly reconstructed in this extensive study with over 550 archaeological drawings and 1,183 references.

Mentioned over 40 times in the Hebrew Bible, the archaeological evidence identifies Asherah as Yahweh’s primary wife.  

As the shovels of archaeology resurrect what the pens of history forgot, Asherah’s lost history unfolds in this 316 page study. $24.99  20% discount at this Amazon site - enter discount code 3BFCDQSB.

Did God Have a Wife? Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel

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“. . . it is clear, as most other scholars now acknowledge, that Asherah 
was a full-fledged deity, and that her cult did flourish in ancient Israel alongside the cult of Yahweh, even as part of it.” 

Did God Have a Wife? Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel by William G. Dever     

The Hebrew Goddess

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The Bible 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  

Only One God? Monotheism in Ancient Israel and the Veneration of the Goddess Asherah

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“The view of ancient Israelite religion as monotheistic has long been traditional in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, religions that have elaborated in their own way the biblical image of a single male deity. 

But recent archaeological findings of texts and images from the Iron Age kingdoms of Israel and Judah and their neighborhood offer a quite different impression.” 

Only One God? Monotheism in Ancient Israel and the Veneration of the Goddess Asherah 
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The Many Faces of the Goddess: The Iconography of the Syro-Palestinian Goddesses Anat, Astarte, Qedeshet, and Asherah

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Extrapolating further on the pioneering research done by Pritchard in 1943 and Schulman in 1984, Izak Cornelius correlates the iconographic stylistic similarities of thousands of Near Eastern images to the identified Egyptian Goddess Qds/Qudshu.*
Cornelius presents a catalog of photographs and comparative drawings with over 92 plates of images. 

*Throughout the years, the original 4 Egyptian hieroglyphic inscriptions have been variously translated into 17 differing goddess names, and, as an epithet for Asherah. 
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Asherah and the Cult of Yahweh in Israel

As archeology and ancient texts provide a more accurate history, we learn Asherah is Eve.

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According to Asherah and the Cult of Yahweh in Israel author Saul M. Olyan, Eve is an “attested epithet” of Asherah’s during the first millennium BCE.* 

Extrapolating further upon the Eve-Asherah identification, Olyan suggests Asherah’s historical serpent association references a previous myth embedded within the Adam and Eve/Garden of Eden narrative: “One suspects that an early myth associating the serpent/sea dragon and Asherah has been lost. Perhaps a reflex of this myth is preserved in the Eden story in Genesis.”
*additionally, the goddesses Asherah and Eve are both analogous to the goddess Tanit/Tannit.

Olyan was writing for the Monograph Series by the Society of Biblical Literature. It was published by Scholars Press in 1988 and reviewed in the Journal of the American Oriental Society in 1990. This pedigree, along with other biblical scholars, pretty much establishes it as fact until some contradictory data surfaces some time in the future. 
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The Cult of the Asherah in Ancient Israel and Judah

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Commenting upon the 3,000+ pillar figurines discovered which personify the Great Mother Goddess Asherah, The Cult of the Asherah in Ancient Israel and Judah notes the pillar figurines also represent a very distinctive “typically Israelite way of portraying the Goddess.”
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Gods, Goddesses and Images of God in Ancient Israel

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According to Gods, Goddesses and Images of God In Ancient Israel, ancient images often depicted female goddesses with vegetation and/or water symbols.

The goddess-and-vegetation/water symbols were actually personifications of generative life forces and sustenance. 
In the Syro-Palestinian area "the image of a goddess served as an amulet which was venerated as a creator of vegetation, if not of life  itself.”
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Asherah: Goddesses in Ugarit, Israel and the Old Testament


Although not one goddess of “Ugarit, ‘Israel’ and the Old Testament,” Asherah is the “number one goddess in the relevant cultures.”
Asherah: Goddesses in Ugarit, Israel and the Old Testament  

In a Chariot Drawn by Lions

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-Wisdom/Asherah and other Vanquished Wisdom Goddesses-

The eradication of Asherah and other Wisdom Goddesses of antiquity is chronicled in In a Chariot Drawn by Lions. Asphodel P. Long, meticulously researches and documents, the vestiges of a female deity hidden in revisionist history.

Beginning with the personification of Wisdom/Asherah in Ancient Israel and the Book of Solomon, Long unravels a thread of submerged history traveling through Greece, Egypt and the Ancient Near East. 

Ultimately subjugated and remolded, Asherah and the Near Eastern Wisdom Goddesses eventually resurface as God the Mother/the Mother of God/the Shekinah. 
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[See Asherah/Cybele depicted in a chariot drawn by lions on a Freemason graphic at Asherah Resource 5] 

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