December 23, 2016
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Pagan Yahwism: The Folk Religion of Ancient Israel

Pagan Yahwism: The Folk Religion of Ancient Israel By Ephraim Stern The Bible imagines the religion of ancient Israel as purely monotheistic. And doubtless there were Israelites, particularly those associated with the Jerusalem Temple, who were strict monotheists. But the … Continue reading

December 23, 2016
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Asherah and the Asherim: Goddess or Cult Symbol?

Exploring the Biblical and archaeological evidence   This four-tiered cult stand found at Tanaach is thought to represent Yahweh and Asherah, with each deity being depicted on alternating tiers. Note that on tier two, which is dedicated to Asherah, is … Continue reading

December 23, 2016
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The Cult of Asherah in Ancient Israel and Judah

Excerpt from The cult of Asherah in ancient Isreal and Judah By JUDITH M. HADLEY, Cambridge Universiry Press. In recent years archaeological discoveries have helped to shed some light on the goddess Asherah and her possible role in Israelite religion. … Continue reading

November 10, 2015
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Asherah and the Asherim: Goddess or Cult Symbol? Exploring the Biblical and archaeological evidence

Asherah and the Asherim: Goddess or Cult Symbol? Exploring the Biblical and archaeological evidence Who is Asherah? Or perhaps, what is asherah?1 The Hebrew means “happy” or “upright” and some suggest “(sacred) place.” The term appears 40 times in the … Continue reading