Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Yahweh and his ‘wife’ Asherah: archaeo-porn for the masses

This is the best response to the BBC program that I’ve come across.  Anyone interested in this subject should read it:

Yahweh and Asherah: More Archaeo-porn for the Masses by Mike Heiser

Several people have sent me this link on whether Yahweh, the God of Israel (and the Old Testament) had a wife – the goddess Asherah.  I guess it comes when your specialty is the divine council in Israelite religion.  So let’s look at it briefly.

This is an old subject for specialists (as in decades old), but for the non-specialist, this will sound shocking.  So, is this just another example of the archaeo-babbling religion media shoving one side of an issue down the throats of the masses just to gain readership, or do we have an attention-seeking scholar to credit for this one (Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou)?

For now, my money is on the media.  It’s usually a safe bet, but I can’t let Dr. Stavrakopoulou be devoid of responsibility here.

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The claims that are being made about Yahweh and Asherah in this report are fallacious, as they absolutely over-extend the data, not to mention neglecting decades of prior scholarship on the issue.

More:

Profile of controversial BBC religion presenter Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou

Blog comment on controversial BBC religion presenter Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou

Tim Bulkeley answers Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou’s question, “Did God have a wife?”

Tom Sutcliffe on Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou, physical beauty and ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’

Francesca Stavrakopoulou & ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’: old hat and nothing to do with religion

Why God having a wife isn’t a “buried secret” despite Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou’s claims

Quick, call Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou: God has a wife & now the Holy Spirit has a husband!

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