Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Did God have a wife? A four part BBC series.

You may or may not have heard about the recent BBC series The Bibles Buried Secrets in which Francesca Stavrakopoulous ask whether God had a wife. The question is based on hints in the Hebrew scriptures of an association between God and Asherah. The question received particular attention in a 1984 article published by William Dever in BASOR titled Asherah, Consort of Yahweh? New Evidence from Kuntillet Ajrud.

So the questions that Stavrakopoulous is asking are not new. But she certainly knows how to use sensationalism to sell her own take on the evidence and what it might mean for the study of the Bible.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

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