The Jews and God’s Wife

I have just completed this book, “Did God Have a Wife? Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel” by William G. Dever, Grand Rapids, 344 pages. 

William G. Dever is a Fundamentalist Christian convert to judaism and is an archeologist and author by profession. 

In 1975-1976, prior to the Israeli withdrawal from Sinai, Ze’ev Meshel of Tel Aviv University, an experienced archaeologist, geographer and trekker, excavated a site not far from the border known as Quntilat Ajrud. This site, small but conspicuous, was located in Darb Ghazza, an important ancient route from Eilat to Rafah and Gaza. 

In the 8th and 9th centuries B.C.E., a travelers inn was located in the village; part of which was a shrine. Meshel’s excavations yielded Hebrew inscriptions, both on pottery sherds and on the wall plaster. Several inscriptions mention “Yahweh and his Asherah.” One reads: “Blessings of Yahweh of Shomron and his Asherah.” Another reads: “To Yahweh of Teman and his Asherah” . 

A few years before the dig in Sinai, the author of the book, William G. Dever, unearthed inscriptions in a cave in Khirbet al-Qom (the biblical city of Maqeda), which also mentions Yahweh and his Asherah. 

[Quntilat Ajrud was located on the Egyptian border, which was part of ancient Israel . Back then Shomron was the capital and Eilat was within its jurisdiction. So these inscriptions linking Asherah to Yahweh were found both in Israel and Judea]. 

Who was Asherah? In the Canaanite pantheon, she was the wife of El and the mother of all other gods. Are these inscriptions talking about the same goddess, who is now Yahweh’s consort? There is no question that the dig discovered jewish reference and symbols of Asherah. 

Worship of her was quite widespread in ancient Israel; especially in the days of Queen Jezebel and her husband Ahab: 400 prophets of Asherah ate at Jezebel’s table and participated, along with the prophets of Ba’al, in the great contest on Mt. Carmel against Elijah – a contest that ended in the slaughter of the prophets of Ba’al (and probably the prophets of Asherah, too, although the text does not say so explicitly). 

The jewish torah does everything it can to assume authority as the “premier” montheistic faith; there is little to none mention of the popular jewish religion as practised. Judging from the unearthed dig, it is quite plausible that jews generally believe that the god of Israel had a wife named Asherah. 

In his introduction to the book, Dever writes: “This is a book about ordinary people in ancient Israel and their everyday religious lives, not about the extraordinary few who wrote and edited the Hebrew Bible. 

It is also a book for ordinary people today who know instinctively that ‘religion’ is about experience, not about the doctrines of scholars, theologians and clerics, who study religion dispassionately and claim authority…”

In the chapter entitled: ” The archaeological evidence for folk religion in ancient Israel.” Dever describes a dozen small household shrines with similar architectural features and artifacts: altars, ledges, incense bowls, food remnants, and remnants of sacrifices and tributes. 

These jewish family rituals are described in detail by the jewish prophet Jeremiah: “The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead the dough, to make cake for the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink-offerings unto [their] gods” (Jeremiah 7:18]. The jews’ “queen of heaven” was none other than the goddess Astarte. 

Sex with the “Shekhina” 

Dever has written two chapters on Asherah. In one he explores the cult of Asherah and the archaeological and especially iconographic evidence for it.

The other is about women’s cults and “official Yahwism.” The discovered female figurines; of which over a thousand have been discovered, are, clearly, that of Asherah. They are of the fertility charm variety. One chapter of the book is called “What does the goddess do to help?” 

Yehezkel Kaufmann, the renowned torah scholar, has claimed that the jews’ religion in the biblical era was strictly monotheistic from it’s outset; with but a rare few “negligible” traces of paganism at the fringes. Dever’s book offers a different and more up-to-date view. 

A jew may state, ‘O.k., almost 3,000 years ago my forefathers believed that god had a wife, but this silly idea disappeared from the world a long time ago’

However this is not true. Not only has this approach not died out; but it is still warmly embraced by many pious Jews (not always consciously), through the influence of kabbala. 

The concept of the Shekhina [Asherah] has many meanings. In kabbala, the Shekina represents the female element of the Sefirot, or divine emanations. In kabbala, the primary objective in worshipping the jewish god is to bring about the sexual union between the male principle – the sixth Sefira, known as Tiferet or Yesod, and the female principle – the tenth Sefira, usually called Shekhina (but also known as Malkhut, Knesset Yisrael and Atara).

In certain versions of the jewish prayerbook, the Siddur which is influenced near entirely by kabbalistic traditions – many prayers and blessings are prefaced by the following verse, “Leshem yihud kudsha berikh hu veshechintay.” 

In English translation: “For the sake of the union of the Holy One, Blessed be He, and his Shekhina”. 

That union, to remove any doubts, is a sexual coupling. jewish mystics allege that the purpose of this act is to restore harmony to the world, after it was knocked off kilter by the sins and evil machinations of the “sitra achra” (ie, Gentile) and the jews’ experience of exile. 

Dever learned about this kabbalistic outlook from “The Hebrew Goddess” by Rafael Patai. However, it is also found in Yehuda Liebes’ hebrew article entitled, “Zohar and Eros” [Alpayim, 1994] and Moshe Idel’s “Kabbala and Eros”, which has only recently been published in English. 

If the notion of the jews’ god indulging in sexual union with their goddess seems bizarre to the reader, then let us continue to toss caution to the winds and draw attention to another, even more bizarre phenomenon. When religious jews sway back and forth in prayer; the swaying has a profound pantomimic significance to them. 

To quote from the book, “Tzava’at Ha-Ribash” ( it’s about Israel Ba’al Shem Tov, also known as the Besht, the founder of Hasidism), we find this statement:

“prayer is intercourse with the Shekhina, and just as one rocks back and forth at the start of intercourse, thus one must initially rock oneself back and forth in prayer. Then one may stand still and cleave deeply to the Shekhina. And while rocking back and forth and bringing oneself to a state of tremendous arousal, think: Why am I rocking? Because the Shekhina may be standing before me, and the very thought arouses great passion.” 

I ask any Christian , of whatever variety but especially Judeo-Christians, is this what you would have The Faith infused by?

Should Jews be allowed to continue to explain as well as define our Faith to us, or even comment as to the Divinity of Christ when their own god has no relationship to God Himself ?

5 thoughts on “The Jews and God’s Wife

  1. Powerful truth.
    It is hard to abstain from riduculizing the mentally sick perversion of these acts.

    Maybe its connected in some way to their forced circumcision?

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    I do not go by the name ‘Christian’ I do thump the Bible and have studied over 63 years, the infallibility, as it were, of sacred texts. ( gleaned from several translations with keen acceptance of the gaidhlig- Gaelic- bible) but allow me please to assure you that the worshippers of baal in a (((synagogue)) ( temple of gogue) are not the people of Sion. Nor are they the authors of the old testaments. They are thieves as they have always been and they stole the records ( scriptures) from the apostate children of Adam who were remanded to Babylonian captivity as punishment from God.
    Notice how the priests came out of Babylon calling themselves ‘ Rabbi’?
    Notice how the children worshipped in Temples but came out of Babylon worshipping in synagogues?
    Notice how bartering and exchanging labour became ‘money changing’ or Babylonian fractional reserve banking?
    Notice how a man went to Babylon with several wives, but came out with legal restriction to have only one?
    Note Bene: Do you think a man with several wives and 24 children in the field needs to borrow money from (((anyone)))?
    Now you know why two wives or more was outlawed…and the removal of servants in 1861.
    God had two wives.
    IsURal ( IsRA el) and Judah
    God called these tribes his wife. Think in the original text of ‘wife’ as a ‘ help mate’ God planned for IsURal and Judah to be His help mates on earth to overturn the chaos caused by the L-RD Baal) of the earth, Lucifer , Luciferni, Luciferno, Lucy, Luciferin, etc )
    Remember, LUCY was once a perfect help mate in the ‘garden’.
    God ‘Divorced’ IsURal for Adultery. Remember that adultery is also sexual, but it is because confusing anything is adultery. And that is the unadulterated truth.
    The Tribes of IsURal, 10 of the 12 (13 if you count Manessa, which I do) went ‘a whoring after other gods’ Sun worship, or Criosian in gaidhlig, Christian in Greek, and they turned to the philistine practice of sodomy and same sex marriage and the Palm reading, horoscope, sorcery ( science) and a list of things that everyday newspapers boast of today- especially Multi culturallism
    God sent the tribes of IsURal into ‘Assyrian’ captivity in the Cacassus mountains of Russia. Where the true home and origin of the White Race began anyway
    However, God challenged Judah in a writ delivered by the prophets ( Ezekiel mainly) divorceing them also for the crimes of her ‘sister’ IsURal, which they were guilty of, but he told the two tribes of Judah ( including Benjamin) that he would not divorce her, but would rule over her and guide her future with an Iron hand.
    His promise to “‘re marry” IsURal one day and reunite the tribes has been a sore confrontation between Scholars for centuries:
    God’s law says that if a man divorce his wife and she go to another man ( sexually as well) He is not free to receive this wife back.
    So how could the Saviour have ‘reconciled’ and fulfilled God’s promise without breaking his own word.
    It is a fascinating study and the (((pigs))) and the (((dogs))) are not to be a part of these great mysteries of God.
    The disciples once asked the Saviour why he spoke in parables.
    His reply puzzles modern judeo (((Christians)))

    ” I speak in parables, lest the wicked hear and understand and repent and be saved “

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  3. In my humble opinion, the original intent of circumcision was of the mind: ideology and Theocracy polluted because of Egypt. The (((j—s))) who worship sex and perversion made it physical. The apostle Paul clearly refuted this doctrine “and yet”, says critics, he rushed Timothy to the synagogue to have him “circumcised”
    This isn’t rocket theatrics here: it was to save Timothy from execution. Not even the (((pharasees))) realised that it was not the circumcision of the body that declared the ‘changed minds’ of early believers; it was the circumcision of the mind. the Heart, which is the true mind.

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