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27 March 2011
Ancient history

It seems Discovery News is catching up with the rest of the world as they have an article, 'God's Wife edited out of the Bible – almost' at http://news.discovery.com/history/god-wife-yahweh-asherah-110318.html?pr… This is really an old story dressed up as something new by a young TV presenter but it seems the Old Testament editors have omitted any mention of Asherah, as such – but residual traces remain. Books have been written on this subject so why the author of the story is unaware of that I do not know – perhaps they only read internet options and ignore the library. The idea of monotheism, they argue, came about as a result of the Exile, when Judaism as we might understand it today was given birth. Not in Jerusalem – or the Temple. The latter lay in ruins during the Exile. Did the Exiles return with a revamped religion is a question on the lips of scholars for many years. If so the deletion of Asherah, and worship of a Bull god, occurred at that time – considered quaint perhaps after the Exiles experience in the cultural hotbed of Babylonia and the Persian Empire. The idea of One God was later adopted by Islam – and pre-Islamic female deities were also purged. All well known facts and theories – so why is Discovery dredging it all up again?

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