Sunday, March 20, 2011

Atheist Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulout: BBC face of religion | Mail Online

Atheist Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulout: BBC face of religion | Mail Online:

"Far more significant is the Bible's admission that the goddess Asherah was worshipped in Yahweh's temple in Jerusalem. In the Book Of Kings, we're told that a statue of Asherah was housed in the temple and that female temple personnel wove ritual textiles for her.

'In fact, although the Bible condemns all of these practices, the biblical texts suggest that goddess worship was a thriving feature of high-status religion in Jerusalem. What, then, was her relationship to Yahweh?

'Ancient texts, amulets and figurines unearthed here reveal that she was a powerful fertility goddess."

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