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Finds in Israel add weight to theory God “had wife”
Yahoo News UK ^ | 18th September 2013 | Rob Waugh

Posted on 09/18/2013 12:19:58 PM PDT by the scotsman

'Female figurines and inscribed prayers to a "divine couple" found in temples in Israel suggest that the “one God” of the Bible may not have been entirely alone.

A recent excavation in Tel Motza, not far from Jerusalem, found what archaeologists believe to have been a ritual building - with clay figures of animals and men from the time of the First Temple, according to Israel's Haaretz news site.

The find suggests that Iron Age religion in the area around Jerusalem may not have been monotheistic just before the time the Hebrew Bible – the basis of the Old Testament - started to be written.

Now experts are increasingly suggesting that far from there being “one God”, there were many.

One expert, Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou of the University of Exeter, says there is “increasing evidence” of Israelites worshipping several gods - including one who may have been seen as Yahweh’s “wife”.'

(Excerpt) Read more at uk.news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Israel
KEYWORDS: asherah; el; faithandphilosophy; godsgravesglyphs; letshavejerusalem; raphaelpatai; stavrakopoulou; telmotza; yahweh
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1 posted on 09/18/2013 12:19:58 PM PDT by the scotsman
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To: the scotsman

Well John Titor (time traveler from Art Ball’s show) did say that our whole notion of God changed when The Ark of the Covenant was found in Ethiopia


2 posted on 09/18/2013 12:21:52 PM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: the scotsman
The Old Testament is basically an account of how Israel went off the rails over and over again. So it's not surprising that they find archaeological evidence of Israel's idolatry.
3 posted on 09/18/2013 12:22:09 PM PDT by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: the scotsman

at ONE POINT the Israelites worshipped a Golden Calf.

not a long lived form of Worship and the Calf was never *a* God


4 posted on 09/18/2013 12:22:46 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
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To: Obadiah

That was the same thing I was thinking. It only took them a few years before they built a golden calf despite the miracles they had seen.


5 posted on 09/18/2013 12:23:38 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: the scotsman

Depictions of G_d were not allowed in the Jewish faith.


6 posted on 09/18/2013 12:23:59 PM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: the scotsman

Bad Media again. They do not seem to read scripture.

In 1 Kings chapter 18, Elijah slew 450 prophets of Baal.

This does not disprove but rather offers some proof to the accounts of the Bible.


7 posted on 09/18/2013 12:24:20 PM PDT by Bayard
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To: Mr. K

excuse me for not replying sooner...I was REMOTE VIEWING the Ark.

It is in fact..... now in George Lucas’s Basement....


8 posted on 09/18/2013 12:24:49 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
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To: the scotsman
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So like no other people lived in that area the same time Jews did? No other cultures? And the OT was not "started to be written" as though it is one book. I love these moronic "experts" -

9 posted on 09/18/2013 12:25:27 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral)
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Francesca Stavrakopoulou (born 1975 in Bromley, England with an English mother and a Greek father) is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Religion in the University of Exeter's department of Theology and Religion.
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She describes herself as "an atheist with huge respect for religion" and regards her work as "a branch of history like any other"

From wikipaedia about the woman behind this story... for what it is worth
10 posted on 09/18/2013 12:25:50 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: the scotsman

Oh here we go with this blasphemous crap again.

Satan had a wife too, I think she was called the Lilith


11 posted on 09/18/2013 12:26:07 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: yarddog

these proofs....are hilarious

eventually even Richard-I was Fondled By a Pedophile- Dawkins...will come to know who GOD is


12 posted on 09/18/2013 12:26:24 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
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To: the scotsman
Now experts are increasingly suggesting that far from there being “one God”, there were many.

Are these people totally ignorant of history?

13 posted on 09/18/2013 12:26:46 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: the scotsman

So, since they worshipped Baal, Molech, and Astoreth, I guess we can assume their existence is a fact, too. /s


14 posted on 09/18/2013 12:26:51 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.)
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G*D was getting Nagged @ by his Wife!!...
He had his own version of HELL.

15 posted on 09/18/2013 12:27:01 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: the scotsman

Israel was God’s bride - but she proved herself an ungrateful harlot.


16 posted on 09/18/2013 12:27:03 PM PDT by greatvikingone
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To: Obadiah

The Old Testament is basically an account of how Israel went off the rails over and over again. So it’s not surprising that they find archaeological evidence of Israel’s idolatry.


Exactly.

And there is all that mention of the asherah poles that had to be taken down.
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_asherah_pole_mentioned_in_the_Old_Testament

I have a 2.5 hour round trip commute every day. I’ve been listening to the OT from cover to cover over the last few weeks. It’s really amazing to get it read to you like a book. It comes across very differently from when you are studying it through reading. I’m up to Ezekiel 16 so far.

And I was thinking just what you posted when I read the article.


17 posted on 09/18/2013 12:27:36 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: the scotsman

Rewriting history is a never ending job.

The next thing you know someone will be finding new rights written in invisible ink in the US Constitution.


18 posted on 09/18/2013 12:27:51 PM PDT by Iron Munro (When a killer screams 'Allahu Akbar' you donÂ’t need to be mystified about a motive.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

is it still there?

let me know...


19 posted on 09/18/2013 12:28:27 PM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: Obadiah
The Old Testament is basically an account of how Israel went off the rails over and over again.

Pretty much. IIRC, treating Yahweh as a member of a pantheon of false gods was one of the ways Israel fell into idolatry. I think Asherah had something to do with it.

20 posted on 09/18/2013 12:28:56 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo ( Walker 2016)
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