God had a wife, Asherah, whom the Book of Kings suggests was worshipped alongside Yahweh in his temple in Israel, according to an Oxford scholar.
In 1967, Raphael Patai was the first historian to mention that the ancient Israelites worshipped both Yahweh and Asherah.
Who is the goddess Asherah?
Asherah, ancient West Semitic goddess, consort of the supreme god. Her principal epithet was probably “She Who Walks on the Sea.” She was occasionally called Elath (Elat), “the Goddess,” and may have also been called Qudshu, “Holiness.”
Does the Bible mention God’s wife?
Some biblical scholars believe that Asherah at one time was worshipped as the consort of Yahweh, the national God of Israel.
What does asherah mean in the Bible?
An Asherah pole is a sacred tree or pole that stood near Canaanite religious locations to honor the Ugaritic mother-goddess Asherah, consort of El. The relation of the literary references to an asherah and archaeological finds of Judaean pillar-figurines has engendered a literature of debate.
What is Baal and Asherah?
Asherah was one of the two wives of El, the chief god of the pantheon. Astarte was a goddess whose name appears in a list of deities who are to receive sacrifices; however, her name has been preserved by other cultures. Asherah was first the wife of the creator-god named El. Later Baal acquired her as his wife.