why was "gods" "wife" edited out of the bible?

    In 1967, Raphael Patai was the first historian to mention that the ancient Israelites worshiped both Yahweh and Asherah. The theory has gained new prominence due to the research of Francesca Stavrakopoulou, who began her work at Oxford and is now a senior lecturer in the department of Theology and Religion at the University of Exeter.


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    Grits a good guy mat and smart, sometime that's what gets in the way of our heart. Intelligence can often make us over think a subject. The only way for people of a certain higher I.Q. bracket to find God is for them to do extensive research trying to prove that God doesn't exist.

    That's how many of the more intellectual Christians I know came to Christ. Truth is most people don't want God in their lives, I do and have never regretted it, not one split second of one day.

    Asherah wasn't God's wife. It was one of the false idols worshipped by other people.


    The Hebrews often strayed and worshipped false idols. At one time, they brought Baal and Asherah into the Temple, but Yahweh commanded them destroyed immediately.


    They are simply trying to make a name for themself, just like the guy who said he found the nails to Jesus' cross.

    Grit Savage

    not according to the article! :-)

    Grit Savage

    so ff, even if it is "written" it does not mean that it is the truth? is that what you are saying?

    and you dismiss it even thought the person is an "expert" in the field of religious historical studies? ;-)

    Grit Savage

    to much of my other studies to be getting on with, but I have sewn the seeds for anyone else who does have the time to spare. I look forward to the responses ;-)


    Sounds to me like it's something to research, if you have the time??


    What did you think about my joke answer? I will check it out next opportunity I get between my reading. Thanks for the interesting subject.


    Grit Savage: I am not dismissing the article, or her studies. She is stating an OPINION, but unfortunately she is dismissing documented portions of Hebrew history, almost in an anti-semitic way, which isn't uncommon in religious historical studies.

    F/f . .No I think you are the one, stating an Opinion and an opinion is ever the hearsay of the masses. It is more like Pitristic Philosophy, which is not really philosophy at all but refuteration and ignorant dogmatism come of orthodox/fundamentalism. For philosophy opens mens minds while dogmatism closes mens minds. And an "Opinion" is what someone says to someone else, to someone else, to someone else etc. without knowledge or understanding. This lady is a learned scholar objective though she may be, it is obvious she knows more than you. Again, ignorant refuteration is the opinion/gossip of the masses.

    Comte, I have studied ancient Hebrew documents far longer than this supposed "religious expert" has lived. She obviously is not an expert in Hebrew history, and therefore, shouldn't be speculating in areas she has no knowledge of. I repeat, Asherah was an idol (period), same as Baal. To say this idol was the wife of God only exposes her as anything but a religious expert.

    exactly !
    God's wife is Isreal or the Jewish people. Jesus' wife is the Christian church. Who or what is the christian church? All the people of the earth, believers that believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God,that he left his seat at tht right hand of God the Father and came to earth for the specific purpouse of dyeing for ALL of mankind born into sin. What sin you ask? The sin of dissobedience. God the father created Adam and his wife Eve and put them in the Garden called Eden. They dissobeyed God when they ate of the tree of knowledge. This dissobedience seperated man from God. Jesus' death reestablished a living spiritual bond between God and mankind and womankind. That bond was brought about when he Jesus was nailed to a wooden cross, suffered for my and your sin of unbelief. God has always required a blood offering for sin.The offering was not complete until Jesus' side was pierced with the Roman's spear. When his blood went back into the ground Salvation for mankind became complete. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. Pray for the blood to cover your whole life starting at the head and go to the bottom of your feet. Then ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit then wait for Him to come into your heart and life. You are no longer you own. You have been purchased with the preshious blood of God's only Son, Jesus the Christ. Purchase a New Testiment at a Christian book store called The Christian Life New Testiment and begin to study the 15 study guides or order it from Nelson Publishing in Nashville, Tn. May the God
    of LOVE PEACE and Joy richley bless you the rest of your life. Looking fordward to seeing you on the other side. J.P.M.

    The reference of "Mankind" describes the kind of animal; the species. Whereof Man, is the masculine and the Womb-man, is the feminine. He made them Male and Fe-male. Thus, the term Mankind embodies both genders as does the term Man.

    When one leaves this material world; this physical realm to enter the Kingdom of Angels; the Etheric World, to rest among the Imperishable Ones, they are without gender; Asexual. This means the entity is neither gender; without sexual organs; thus Angels are neuter as well. Such considerations are strictly physical, though the individual Polarities (Positive/Negative - Masculine/Femine) remain the same. Take for whatever its worth. ;-)
    Grit, keep searching maybe someday you will find the truth.

    I think that Raphael Patai was an over educated fool, if you just ask Jesus into your heart and believe in Him your mind will be open to the truth.
    If you believe what you read then you know the answer. God is the creator of all the heavens and the earth. There is no mention of a Wife of God in the Bible. A wife was given to man because God felt that it was not good that man should be alone so he gave him a woman.

    Grit Savage

    I didn't ask for a sermon! I asked a question! what do you think of the expert opinion of someone who is a senior lecturer in the department of Theology and Religion at the University of Exeter.
    or are you speaking as someone with similar credentials?

    Actually i like Hajjilee's answer God was never a person nor does he have any partners, he was neither born nor married nor did he have any children, he is the creator! He was even the creator before there was a creation. God gave man a wife to bare children and be a life pertner so they can help eachother to live a happy healthy fruitful life

    I'm not getting into this one....

    Grit Savage

    Go on, you know you want too. ;-)

    I do but there are too many arguments to contradict me to make it any fun....
    Jesus said , In heaven there is no jew nor gentile, no east nor west; no male nor female , no marriage, nor giving in marriage.
    That's because all the men who wrote the little bits in the bible were chauvinists.

    Big time chauvanists, in fact the biggest! St. Paul was the biggest chauvanist of them all. Interestingly, since their leader "Jesus" was for equality of the sexes. Something seems to have gone terribly wrong once Jesus accended to heaven.

    This was the only theological research I could find so far on her, It is not a new question, I tracked other websites with mention of this being an older question, anyhow will look into it more later:

    Who was Asherah?



    Question: "Who was Asherah?"

    Answer: Asherah, or Ashtoreth, was the name of the chief female deity worshiped in ancient Syria, Phoenicia, and Canaan. The Phoenicians called her Astarte, the Assyrians worshiped her as Ishtar, and the Philistines had a temple of Asherah (1 Samuel 31:10). Because of Israel’s incomplete conquest of the land of Canaan, Asherah-worship survived and plagued Israel, starting as soon as Joshua was dead (Judges 2:13).

    Asherah was represented by a limbless tree trunk planted in the ground. The trunk was usually carved into a symbolic representation of the goddess. Because of the association with carved trees, the places of Asherah worship were commonly called “groves,” and the Hebrew word “asherah” (plural, “asherim”) could refer either to the goddess or to a grove of trees. One of King Manasseh’s evil deeds was that he “took the carved Asherah pole he had made and put it in the temple” (2 Kings 21:7). Another translation of “carved Asherah pole” is “graven image of the grove” (KJV).

    Considered the moon-goddess, Asherah was often presented as a consort of Baal, the sun-god (Judges 3:7, 6:28, 10:6; 1 Samuel 7:4, 12:10). Asherah was also worshiped as the goddess of love and war and was sometimes linked with Anath, another Canaanite goddess. Worship of Asherah was noted for its sensuality and involved ritual prostitution. The priests and priestesses of Asherah also practiced divination and fortune-telling.

    The Lord God, through Moses, forbade the worship of Asherah. The Law specified that a grove of trees was not to be near the altar of Jehovah (Deuteronomy 16:21). Despite God’s clear instructions, Asherah-worship was a perennial problem in Israel. As Solomon slipped into idolatry, one of the pagan deities he brought into the kingdom was Asherah, called “the goddess of the Sidonians” (1 Kings 11:5, 33). Later, Jezebel made Asherah-worship even more prevalent, with 400 prophets of Asherah on the royal payroll (1 Kings 18:19). At times, Israel experienced revival, and notable crusades against Asherah worship were led by Gideon (Judges 6:25-30), King Asa (1 Kings 15:13), and King Josiah (2 Kings 23:1-7).

    Recommended Resource: Bible Archaeology: An Exploration of the History and Culture of Early Civilizations by John McRay & Alfred Hoerth.


    Man what's wrong can't think for yourself, everything you've written about is a lie, came from a book of fairy tales and fables, grow a pair be a man

    The same which is mentioned of "dieities" is the falsification of worship and represents false gods, or idolatry. Isn't that an Egyptian thing? the worshipping of idols or what was in Scripture the worshipping of the Ashtora pole?

    @oldanthony, your answer is narrow minded and ignorant. As a student, I like to do as much research as possible, this was only a copy of what I found. To add to the discussion, unlike your ridiculous blurt. Educated people do their research, it's the only way to truly get to a proper decision. A real man wouldn't leave such an arrogant, emotional comment.

    oldanthony, if you want any credability show your research or explain why I should believe you?

    If you go further into the research you'll find out that Astarte was olso called Ostara in other cultures. Ostara was the Goddess of rebirth in the Springtime when the earth started to come back to life and turn green. Easter is the Christian feast that replaced the Pagan feast of Ostara. History will tell you that Christianity replaced Paganism while absorbing all of it, except it's Goddess, because Christianity is a partiarchal religion and suppresses women. Therefore Gods wife was dismissed from the Bible. A great book to read on the subject is "The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets", by Barbara Walker. It will inform you as to why women have been treated so badly in the last 2,011 years. Enjoy the read.
    The first commandment you shall not have no other gods before me
    this means literary putting a graven image in his holy presence.
    HE wants first place in every thing that you do from the top of your head to the bottoms of your feet.(GOD'S) WIFE is ISRAEL.JESUS 'S wife is the church. To grit savage JESUS loves you seek him out find all you can about him.
    asking questions are good this why (GOD) gave us a mind to think with and heart to feel with there is no stupid questions when you find the right answers so keep asking.Please buy a bible read look for answers to question within its pages may you find what you are seeking.Which is JESUS
    Grit Savage

    I am a very very proud atheist! that will never change!
    I just like to know what makes religious believers tick, why they believe against all rational thinking, plus as I have stated before, its good to poke around. ;-)

    That is good keep on looking

    Grit, just because you are an atheist, doesn't mean that God doesn't exhist.
    Addressing comments in general: Apostatize all you will, neverthless in the end all the answers are within one who is guided of heart. To such a one all things will lovingly be revealed, no matter the tradition, creed or path. For after all, it is the same mountain, with the One Peak, climb where you will letting love forever be your guide, for it is the Christ. Amen
    God is of both polarities Postive/Negative thus both Father and Mother. This is not as of the literal view in a material, but in worlds unseen of mortal eyes, save those who are of Spirit they may see, perceive or better understand such Mysteries of God.


    Because She threatened the patriarcal religious. . . and she still does!

    Jesus had no wife,she would have been to distracting,he came here with a mission,a wife would have through him of course,he endured a lot of emotional and physical pain,it would of amplified the pain even more had he had a wife,it wasn't his purpose to be in matrimony,he had so many other big fish to fry.

    see my comment above it will open your eyes to many poss,

    not only that but there would be descendants of Jesus right here on this sinful world.and that would cause Jesus to lose His creditability

    Wife at this worldly level of consciousness refers to genders and glands, which in the Higher Spiritual realms is mystically refered to as Polarities, having not to do with flesh. The SOPHIA, is the feminine polarity of God. In God She is Macrocosomically the Living Substance, in God yet One. Thus is God both Male and female in polarity (Positive/Negative). She is the material substance of Life in a material or physical world. Mother Nature is but an aspect of her in that operation. Thus is God twain as the father and Mother. HE is the Life and SHE is the Substance. GOD in the SHE, is the basis whereof all things that are made by his power, for He is the Life and she the Mother. It is like unto life and mind, the interior, mystical, spiritual, and descernible only when manifested in its material operations or phonomena. The Sophia is Greek, meaning Wisdom. She is the female Logos of the Gnostics; the Universal mind; and the female Holy Ghost with others.
    The Bible has been changes soo many times its all just remnance of chinese whispers now. The Quran is a Holy Book u shud poss read, it is the book of truth n a complete way of life if u live ur life by The Holy Quran u cannot go wrong! If u read it with an open mind u will soon realise that the Bible is a mis-guided corrupt sideline off The Holy Quran.

    The Quran borrows from the Bible. The Bible doesn't borrow from the Quran.

    I don't agree with you, I've read the quran, it's beautifully written and has a lot more information than the bible. But, I still don't like Islam and the way its's going.

    The Koran ,or Quran says ''kill all the infidels '' ---which means anybody that isn't muslim

    The Hebrew words: Eloah (means Goddess)

                                         Shekinah(female divine presence) 

                                            Ruach Hako'desh (the word ruach ic a female word {this word means holy spirit})


    I read my bible do you?
    Grit Savage

    I haven't read "your" bible, but I have given it a go a few times just out of curiosity, as a list of social instructions it was good for the uneducated masses up until the 19 century! just like any religious book! it had its time! :-)

    God never had a wife neither did Jesus.
    Grit Savage

    How would you know? ;-)
    God's wife was actually Eve,He got divorced and gave her to Adam.

    wrong! God CREATED eve for adam so he would have companionship. it is not good that man be alone
    Mat . . its just Another Troll, and there is certainly no wonder in it! Just don't respond to anything it posts. For thats what it wants. Dosen't care what the response is just to disturb serious souls. So don't responded to anything its says.
    Grit Savage

    If a question is too difficult for you to deal with, there is no need to insult the person who asked a genuine question! or are you really that ignorant? ;-)
    God had a wife? Really? May I ask what kind of literature or puff of smoke are you entertaining?

    Your sister,

    Grit Savage

    mate, I am as clear as a bell, whereas you, who didn't bother to read the question properly or visit the related link must be off your tits! if you are going to act smart, at least try to be intelligent about it. ;-)

    Hi Grit,

    I'm sorry, friend. Was not my intention to offend. I actually laughed about it because there are some who do believe it. Let them believe what they want. So, I say, how odd that God, Himself would have the same basic needs of a human that He is not.
    Listen to these jeering name calling know it alls, calling themselves Christians. It is the sound of darkness. These are not christians but mere Fundamentalists :-( They pound their chests, look at me, look at me, how much I know! When they have yet to understand anything they think they know. They make christanity a bad taste in the heart by this tryannus ignorance. They preach hate, suffering and damnation. May God forgive the ignorance, and the shameful use of his sons name; our beloved Jesus Christ. How many more times will Jesus be crucified in their minds and hearts. They worship a corpse on a branch, and know nothing of the words of Life/God; the loving teachings of the Christ which are the "Keys" to the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven (God). Idolators all.
    don't listen to these other jerks, god wasn't married no woman would have him, consider this what intelligent woman would try to compete with hundreds of thousands of male appearing beings whos only job was to service god no wonder he and his boys are always drawn wearing flowing robes
    Are you an idiot or what!
    Grit Savage

    far from it Mat, I just asked a question based on an article I read! what's your excuse?

    Was a good question, most of the answers are taken from someones elses works, which the "Taker" themselves have yet to understand.
    33matthew 9:33How come people get upset when you say God or Jesus
    And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, "Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel." 34 But the Pharisees said, "It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons."

    Jesus Drives Out an Evil Spirit
    4:31-37pp -- Mk 1:21-28
    31 Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath began to teach the people. 32 They were amazed at his teaching, because his message had authority. 33 In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an evil spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, 34 "Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are--the Holy One of God!" 35 "Be quiet!" Jesus said sternly. "Come out of him!" Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him. 36 All the people were amazed and said to each other, "What is this teaching? With authority and power he gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!" 37 And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area.

    8:26-37pp -- Mt 8:28-34 8:26-39pp -- Mk 5:1-20
    26 They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. 27 When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, "What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don't torture me!" 29 For Jesus had commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places. 30 Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" "Legion," he replied, because many demons had gone into him. 31 And they begged him repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss. 32 A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into them, and he gave them permission. 33 When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned. 34 When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, 35 and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus' feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 36 Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured.
    Grit Savage

    just answer the question mate. what's YOUR opinion?? all this copy and paste is so lazy. ;-)

    since you have spelled "god" in lower case letters you must be talking about satin who is the "god' of this world....and the god of this worlds wife was named in the book revelations....But the "God" of the universe did NOT and does NOT have a must have confused the god of this world and the God of the universe.

    Grit Savage

    spelling must be your strong point!!

    why don't you read the link I supplied with the question, maybe that way you will see why I asked the question!
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    Grit Savage

    spammer alert! ;-(

    No book, no web site, no teacher, can give a man understanding. They may offer knowledge, but understanding of anything comes from within a man, not from another.

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