One to Tree

Asherah’s in the news again. My book on the old girl safely moldering on obscure library shelves, I figure it is my academic duty to be a staid voice of reason on the subject. The jury’s still out on her status as Yahweh’s wife – no wedding pictures have yet surfaced – and her associations with lions and snakes have always been suspect. It is clear, from the Bible’s perspective anyway, that the physical object called by the goddess’s name was made of wood. Although such a slight association does not a tree-goddess make, it nevertheless runs counter to scholarly orthodoxy to suggest otherwise.

In the Rabbinic period it had become clear that just about any tree in the right location could serve as an asherah. So it was with a double-take that I looked at the cover of my Green Bible. I began using the Green Bible a couple of years ago because of the environmental impact of the millions of Bibles printed annually. Best estimates are that about six billion Bibles have been printed (about half of which have been sent to me by various vendors as textbook options) and I was hoping to at least use a recycled book to ease the burden. Then yesterday it clicked for the first time: the Green Bible has a tree on its recycled cover.

Asherah seems to have had the last laugh. If she was a tree-goddess. The fact remains that Asherah is a difficult goddess to qualify. She may have been associated with trees, or lions, or snakes, or wisdom, but none of these things has been proven beyond reasonable doubt. She was, however, the spouse of the high god El among the people of ancient Ugarit. And the Israelites accepted without qualm that El was essentially the same as Yahweh. Did he bring his former spouse along? We don’t know. Asherah, as her own person nevertheless, is a wonderful example of the feminine divine. Too bad she doesn’t have her own book.

God's wife on the cover of his book?

1 thought on “One to Tree

  1. Asherah was The Woman of the Tree because, according to the Sumerians, she altered the DNA (our TREE of Life) of the ape, thereby producing Homo sapiens
    in Ethiopia circa 200,000 BCE. This same date and place were proven (2006) by mitochondria by The Genographic Project.

    The Sumerians state she was partly amphibian and hailed from the star system Sirius.

    In 1947 The Catholic Church uncovered fossils of beings who were partly amphibian.
    Asherah was also depicted at The Oracle of Zeus in Arcadia, Greece as the Goddess Athena who was partly amphibian. Later she swam up the river Jordan as the dove, to accompany her husband to be, HeZeus Christos, who was there with her at the beginning in Ethiopia.

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