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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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To: greatvikingone

a symbol of the entire human race.


41 posted on 09/18/2013 12:40:30 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: GeronL

WRONG. Her name was Karen. I dated her before she married Satan.


42 posted on 09/18/2013 12:41:03 PM PDT by cizinec ("Brother, your best friend ain't your Momma, it's the Field Artillery.")
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To: GeronL

Fraser agrees.


43 posted on 09/18/2013 12:41:49 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Obadiah

Yeah, that was kind of, oh, I don’t know, most of the OT.


44 posted on 09/18/2013 12:42:49 PM PDT by cizinec ("Brother, your best friend ain't your Momma, it's the Field Artillery.")
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To: Thane_Banquo

Indeed. The complaints about Solomon’s foreign wives was really a complaint about the installment of idols in the temple area.


45 posted on 09/18/2013 12:42:59 PM PDT by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: Resolute Conservative

This is where the baby killers came up with the name “Lilith Fair” for that concert series.


46 posted on 09/18/2013 12:43:27 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Bayard

Baal, is IIRC the Hebrew for Husband. The earth-mother was who Baal was united with.

The rain (semen) from the sky god would fall onto the earth mother, making her fruitful. The dead would be buried (as seeds) in the ground to gain eternal life.

It was derived from Osiris/Isis cults in Egypt. Oh, they had a son too.

Christianity has a Father (Jehovah) Mother (Holy Spirit) and Son (Jesus) also.


47 posted on 09/18/2013 12:43:39 PM PDT by donmeaker (Youth is wasted on the young.)
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To: BigEdLB

She describes herself as “an atheist with huge respect for religion”

So basically like a vegan studying history of human carnivore eating habits.


48 posted on 09/18/2013 12:43:41 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Resolute Conservative

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilith


49 posted on 09/18/2013 12:44:21 PM PDT by GeronL
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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.

I was thinking the same thing. Didn't this author bother to read the Bible? God has chosen the people of Israel. He extends the hand of mercy by rescuing them from Egypt. Within two months they have built a Golden Calf. God punishes them. They repent - for awhile. They return to idolatry. Repeat cycle... Until He sends His Son and shortly thereafter destroys the Temple and Jerusalem (the second time).
But you are right, the Prophets (speaking the Word of God) are constantly telling the people to stop committing spiritual adultery by worshiping these idols...

1 Kings 11:5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.

1 Kings 11:33 Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father.

2 Kings 17:16 And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.

Jeremiah 19:12-13 Thus will I do unto this place, saith the LORD, and to the inhabitants thereof, and even make this city as Tophet: And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Judah, shall be defiled as the place of Tophet, because of all the houses upon whose roofs they have burned incense unto all the host of heaven, and have poured out drink offerings unto other gods.

Acts 7:41-43 And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands. Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness? Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

Of course we all need to tear down our own idols.

50 posted on 09/18/2013 12:45:40 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: the scotsman

It is a well known fact God was going to take a month to create the universe but his wife nagged him to get it done quicker.


51 posted on 09/18/2013 12:45:47 PM PDT by gdani
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To: GeronL

Satan’s wife was Lilith? I thought it was Hillary.


52 posted on 09/18/2013 12:47:50 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Mr. K

I remember hearing a John Titor on Art Bell. We may never know if this was real or not. I recall him saying he was able to meet family members who knew him ‘before’. I got the impression those family members were confused and a little frightened of Titor, whether his story was true or not.


53 posted on 09/18/2013 12:48:56 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: the scotsman

If God had a wife he would have had to spend the seventh day mowing the lawn, weeding the mulch beds, and taking out the garbage.


54 posted on 09/18/2013 12:51:06 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: greatvikingone

Hosea: had real problems with his wife. God had real problems with Israel.

“I have been the Lord your God ever since the land of Egypt; you know no God but me, and besides me there is no savior”


55 posted on 09/18/2013 12:51:33 PM PDT by donmeaker (Youth is wasted on the young.)
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To: MeshugeMikey
he had considered gifting the town of San Anselmo with the ARK.... for inclusion as a statue in the new Park..the property for which having formerly belonged to Mr Lucas..

Hmmm...This sounds like insider information! Would thou be a "Marinite"???

56 posted on 09/18/2013 12:55:10 PM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: GeronL
Satan had a wife too, I think she was called the Lilith[.]

Or Michelle.
57 posted on 09/18/2013 12:56:19 PM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: Thane_Banquo
I think Asherah had something to do with it.

Actually, the Israelites themselves brought about the worship of false gods. But I understand what you're saying.
58 posted on 09/18/2013 12:58:36 PM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: GeronL
Satan had a wife too, I think she was called the Lilith

Nope, I'm pretty sure it's Meeshell!

59 posted on 09/18/2013 12:58:52 PM PDT by WVKayaker ("The only place that the left hasn't placed the blame is on their agenda..." -Sarah Palin)
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To: the scotsman

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

??????????

The “experts” go from NO God to “many” Gods.

Things must be difficult when you are an “expert”.


60 posted on 09/18/2013 12:59:02 PM PDT by ZULU (Barack Hussein Obama is the Lord of Misrule)
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