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Asherah & Divine Feminine HerStory is Slowly Emerging

The lost and forgotten HerStory of Asherah and the Divine Feminine is slowly emerging!

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Israel’s Great & Blessing Mother Goddess

The question of the importance of Asherah to the people of Israel, is best answered in 
The Hebrew Goddess
:

 The "continuity of Asherah worship 
in Israel is a fact  
which must be recognized and remembered . . .  
she was the great mother-goddess,  
giver of fertility,
that greatest of all blessings.” 
-The Hebrew Goddess (Patai 1990:46, 52

Asherah Worshipped as Queen of Heaven

~ Queen of Heaven, Asherah ~

Biblical texts reveal how Asherah was worshipped as the Queen of Heaven in
 Judah and Jerusalem: 

“We will burn incense to the Queen of Heaven 
and will pour out drink offerings to her 
just as we and our fathers, our kings and our officials 
did in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. 

At that time we had plenty of food
and were well off and suffered no harm.
But ever since we stopped burning incense to the
Queen of Heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her,
we have had nothing and have been perishing by sword and famine.”
Jeremiah 44:17-18

Asherah Worship = Yahweh Worship

The worship of Asherah "came to be regarded as much a feature of popular religion in ancient Israel and Judah as the worship of Yahweh.” 
-Biblical Archaeology Review 

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Kuntillet Ajrud Hebrew blessing inscriptions     ~830-760 BCE:     

        (1)   “I have blessed you by Yahweh of Samaria and his Asherah.”
        (2)  “…give YWHW of Teman and his ASHERAH…Yhwh of Teman and his Asherah.” 
        (3)   “I bless you by Yahweh of Teman and by his Asherah.”

Hebrew Seal of Asherah & Yahweh     ~720-600 BCE

Gaza Coin of Asherah & Yahweh     ~538-323 BCE

She Was There From the Beginning - Asherah/Lady Wisdom, Proverbs 8

Despite continual denials, the Bible clearly states that Asherah/Lady Wisdom was there from the very beginning. 

Asherah/Lady Wisdom declares:

“The Lord possessed me               
                       in the beginning of his way... 
I was set up from everlasting, 
              from the beginning…” 
“Then I was by him,                  
                      as one brought up with him: 
  and I was daily his delight… ” 
(Prov. 8:22,30 KJV) 

Asherah’s Kingly Servants

Kingly Servants of History’s Vanquished Goddess Asherah

Hundreds and hundreds of years before Yahweh and the Old Testament, 
the Goddess Asherah is worshipped across the Ancient Near East.

Archaeology reveals Asherah's kingly worshippers include:
Babylon's Great King Hammurabi & Amorite King Abdi-Ashirta
(~1810-1750 BCE & ~1385-1344 BCE).


Asherah Iconography in “The Golden Calf"

Asherah Iconography is included in this video entitled “The Golden Calf (Return of the Goddess),” created by Nina Paley. Music by John Lennon.

https://vimeo.com/137914490

Asherah Epithets

Asherah Epithets 

Ancient texts contain many epithets for the Goddess Asherah.
Here we list a few:
"Great Mother Goddess”
"Creator of Vegetation and Life” 
"Queen of Heaven” 
"Lady who Treads on the Sea” 
"Mother of the Gods” 
“Holiness” 
“Hebrew Goddess”
“Vital Force of Nature”
"Lion Lady” 
"Eve” 
"the One of the Serpent.”

More Asherah historical and archaeological information can be found at www.VanquishedGoddessAsherah.com.

Asherah Worshiped by first Israelites

From the time of their first settlements, the ancient Israelites worshiped the goddess Asherah (Judges 2:13; 10:6).
Biblical texts state 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).

Asherah - Creator of Vegetation & Life

    In Ancient Israel/"Syria-Palestine . . . the image of a goddess . . . was venerated as a creator of vegetation, if not of life itself" (Gods, Goddesses and Images of God In Ancient Israel).

    Goddess worship, however, conflicted with the rise of monotheism and the formation of the Old Testament.
     The feminine component of religion had to be eliminated.
 
      By the end of 7th and 6th centuries BCE, Asherah was the only major surviving goddess in Palestine - but Asherah's days were numbered and she was soon eliminated also.  

   More Asherah information & resources at www.VanquishedGoddessAsherah.com.

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