Asherah, Part II: The serpent’s bride

Continued from Asherah, Part I


Eve with the serpent by the Tree of Knowledge. Painting by John Roddam Spencer-Stanhope (1829-1908).

Is the world good, or bad? Who made us, and why? These are some of the questions ancient myths and religions attempt to answer.  And the answers matter. A belief in a goddess who is Mother Nature personified is different from a belief in a jealous and vengeful warrior creator. It’s different because it shapes how we feel about the world, and what we do while we’re in it. When the writers and compilers of our historic religion decided to edit out the Hebrew Goddess Asherah, they changed how we see the world.  They changed us and, so, they changed our world.

Eve and the Serpent

Some of the Bible’s most devout readers seem unaware of the impossibility of literal belief in its accounts.  Take creation, for example. The account of humankind’s creation by the Elohim  (translated God, but technically a plural word) in Genesis 1:26 is followed in Chapters 2 and 3 by another creation story which contradicts it on several key points.  In this second account, the personal God Yahweh is given as the name of the Creator in the original Hebrew text.  This God is spoken of in the singular, unlike the first account, in which Elohim says “let us” create man in “our” image. Rather than speaking as the head of a council, Yahweh clearly creates alone.  He walks in the Garden of Eden in which He has placed his creations, implying that He has physical form.  Whereas Elohim created both male and female in “our” image, at the same time, together, Yahweh creates only the man at first. He places him in a garden with two trees, the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge.  He is instructed to eat from the first, but not the second and told that if he eats from the Tree of Knowledge he “will surely die.”

In the first account, there is no mention of the Garden of Eden or the magical trees. Humans are made last, after everything else: light and dark, earth and sea, plants and animals.  God (or the gods) pronounces the creation good and creates man and woman to rule over the creatures, which have all already been created. In the second account, man is made after plants and the animals are created afterward, to amuse Adam, because he is lonely.  Unlike the first account, in this version of the story, woman is made later, when the animals fail to relieve Adam’s loneliness.  She is not even conceived in the same fashion.  Adam is made of mud (his name means both mankind and red earth) and filled with the breath of God.  Eve is made from Adam’s rib while he is sleeping.

The author of the second account then goes on to tell what is certainly one of the best known stories in the Judeo-Christian tradition:

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made.  He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ “

“You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman.  “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.  She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.  Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.  But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

The man said, “The woman you put here with me — she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” (Genesis 3:1-13)

God goes on to administer several punishments for the offense of eating from the Tree of Knowledge.  The humans are cast out of the garden and so prevented from eating of the Tree of Life.  The man will toil in the earth with difficulty; the woman will be ruled over by her husband and give birth to children in pain; the snake will crawl on his belly (some commentators have inferred from this that the snake originally had legs) and be hated by humans.  Two angels and a flaming sword guard the entrance to the garden. We can never go back.

A small votive statue of the Mother Goddess Asherah, typical of those archaeologists have found in many ancient Israelite homes.

The Serpent God

The great historian of mythology Joseph Campbell dryly observes that nothing is said in the story to indicate that the serpent in the story was a deity in his own right throughout the ancient world.  Likewise, it should be observed that no ancient Hebrew reader of this story would have had any difficulty identifying the Tree of Life with the Mother Goddess Asherah, whose Tree of Life image according to the Bible was worshiped “under every green tree” and which also resided in the temple of Solomon for 236 of the 370 years it stood in Jerusalem.

It may also be that Eve herself is an allegory for Asherah, as her name means mother of life and is linguistically related to Asherah’s.

Joseph Campbell believed that the serpent in the Eden story was lifted directly from either the Sumerian God Enki, God of Water and Wisdom, or his son Ningizzida. Both of them were identified as Serpent Gods, among other things.  Enki was possessed of the food and water of life as well as the tablets of wisdom. Ningizzida was Lord of the Tree of Truth. These gods may have been carried into Canaan with the Israelites after they left the Sumerian/Babylonian city of Ur, or absorbed from their eastern neighbors at a later time. (Much of the Hebrew Bible was compiled, edited and rewritten after the Hebrews were conquered and exiled in Babylon in the 6th century BC.) Virtually all of the first 11 chapters of Genesis are rewritten from the much older Sumerian tales.  In them, Enki rather than Yahweh creates humans from mud, and saves the prototype of Noah from the flood by teaching him to build an ark. (For more on the Biblical links to the creation stories of the Sumerians, see my earlier post, In the Beginning…)

We know that Asherah worship was connected with prophecy. Serpents were also connected with both wisdom and prophecy throughout the eastern Mediterranean: in Greece, the oracle of Delphi was called Pythia, after a great serpent (python) who was defeated by the god Apollo there; in Sumer/Babylon the god Enki was lord of water and wisdom and symbolized as a great walking serpent (dragon), as was his son Ningizzida whose symbolic image was a staff surrounded by two twining serpents.

The Sumerian god Ningizzida, appearing as two serpents twining around a central pole, as depicted on a vase from Sumer about 4,000 years ago. Ningizzida was the son of Enki. Enki, a water god and the God of Wisdom, created humans from clay in Sumerian myth. Either one of them could have been the inspiration for Eden's serpent.

Ningizzida was an underworld deity and paradoxically a guardian of the Sky God Anu’s celestial palace.  He was also a god of trees. The Greek god Hermes, messenger of the gods, had a staff entwined by serpents, too.  This image of mystical knowledge has been conflated by the medical profession with the Rod of Asclepius (originally a single serpent wrapped around a staff) which was an ancient image of healing.  Thus, both life and knowledge have been connected with snakes for a very long time.  So have goddesses.

The Serpent Goddess

In Minoan Crete a mysterious goddess bearing serpents is very ancient; in classical Greece, Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, bears the serpent covered head of Medusa on her shield.  Throughout ancient Canaan, images can be found of a goddess holding or surrounded by serpents.  Some believe she is Astarte (the Canaanite version of Ishtar, who is in turn the Babylonian version of Inanna).  Inanna is said to have stolen the me, the magical tablets of wisdom, from Enki, and to have delivered that knowledge to her own people. Others believe the Canaanite serpent goddess is Asherah, in part because this goddess is often depicted standing on a lion and Asherah is also called the Lion Lady (a topic for another day).

The Serpent Goddess of ancient Crete, from the Minoan culture which predated Israel's but traded with the earlier Canaanites.This Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons image is from the user Chris 73 and is freely available at under the creative commons cc-by-sa 2.5 license.

Asherah is a shortened version of the Mother Goddess’ full name, which is Athiratu Yammi, She Who Treads on the Sea. Yam, the Sea God, like many deities of the primordial sea, was represented as a serpent. Serpents, water and wisdom all suggest an unconscious connection to the depths of everything, the place out of which creativity comes. Perhaps her ability to walk on water identifies her as one who can wield serpent powers (powers of wisdom, prophecy and/or healing).  Asherah, would then be not only the Goddess Life, but the Goddess Wisdom. Accompanied by her serpent totem she can dispense knowledge from deep within the source of all things. The one who created life from formlessness knows how to create and can share this ability with us.  Unless, of course, we are barred from knowing her.

And that is no doubt the real meaning of the tale.  For here the message to its ancient reader is plain.  You are in this vale of tears because you worshiped at the foot of the Tree Goddess.  And in conveying this message, the Yahwist turns the old meaning of these symbols on their head.  For this reason Campbell calls this story a “conspicuously contrived, counterfeit myth.”  Yahweh appears here as a tyrant.  Do not pursue wisdom, or you will suffer my wrath.  Also, unlike all comparable pagan myths, instead of presenting nature, right here on earth, as sacred, we now see ourselves as locked out of paradise.  Nature is Adam’s enemy; he is to toil and sweat to eke out a living from the land. Man is woman’s enemy; she is to serve her husband.  Under the Deuteronomist’s law she is in fact the property of her husband, given a status no better than that of a slave. Whereas women no doubt saw Asherah as especially their protector in childbirth, they are now told their worship of her caused all the pain of labor.

This is a very sad story.  In rejecting the goddess, we now know that Yahweh was in fact rejecting his own wife.  Asherah was the wife of the Canaanite El in Phoenicia, and the wife of Baal in Israel, but archaeologists have now uncovered evidence from ancient inscriptions showing that many also considered her the wife of Yahweh.

A portion of the Nine Dragon Screen in the Forbidden City, China. These beneficial dragons are controlling wind and rain. Photo by Shizhao, Wikimedia Commons.

Serpent Power

We can certainly find the origins of the particular images of Mother of Life, Tree of Life and serpent without leaving the ancient Near East. However, it’s probably worth pointing out that these ideas are so widespread as to be literally worldwide. In Viking mythology, the World Tree, Yrggdasil, sits at the center of the world.  It has a dragon within it and more serpents lie beneath it than anyone could imagine.  The God Odin hangs himself on the tree in order to acquire power over the runes (both knowledge and prophetic knowledge.) In the East, the water/wisdom/serpent power is considered benevolent. Chinese dragons are water gods with powers over rains and rivers and the ability to bestow good luck.  Buddha achieved enlightenment while sitting under the Bodhi tree, protected from the rain by a giant cobra. In Hindu yoga, a serpent power called kundalini is said to reside at the base of the spine and practitioners attempt to raise the serpent upward toward the top of the head, creating mystical awareness if they succeed.  In the New World, a feathered Serpent God named Quetzalcoatl was the God of Wisdom, associated with priestly power.  Serpents were also part of African mythology and many Egyptian gods and goddesses as well as pharaohs bore an image of a cobra around their heads.

There are only two explanations for this widespread similarity of belief.  Either the idea of serpent power is an archetype deeply rooted in the human unconscious (our own primordial sea), or it is so ancient that it traveled with us when some of our ancestors came out of Africa and spread around the world.

Unlike many of our Eastern neighbors, we in the Christian West are used to thinking of dragons as bad guys in need of conquering by heroes.  Many are also used to thinking of the serpent in Eden as Satan, but this was a later, Christian adaptation of the tale.  He is never identified as such in the Hebrew story, nor is he considered to be the Devil in Jewish tradition.

Yahweh Gets All Snakey

And now we are about to enter some pretty weird territory. There are some indications that Yahweh himself claimed Serpent Power.  Perhaps the most peculiar imagery in the Bible (and that’s saying something) connects Yahweh himself with the serpent. We are told in 2 Kings 18:4, for example, by an angry prophet that the bronze serpent of Moses was worshiped alongside the image of Asherah.  The people of Israel were burning incense to this bronze serpent head, as they would to a god, and they called it Nehushtan (related to nachash, the Hebrew word for snake).

We first encounter the serpent powers of Yahweh in connection with Moses in Exodus Chapter 7, when that great leader is attempting to persuade Egypt’s pharaoh to let the Israelites (who are slaves) go free. In this account, Moses and his brother Aaron each cast down their staffs and both turn into serpents. Pharaoh’s wizards cast down their staffs which turn into serpents as well, but Aaron’s serpent staff proceeds to swallow the Egyptian serpents.

Moses also uses his magical staff in bringing the plagues on Egypt. Here are two examples:

Then the Lord said to Moses…”Go to Pharaoh in the morning as he goes out to the water.  Wait on the bank of the Nile to meet him, and take into your hand the staff that was changed into a snake.  Then say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say to you: Let my people go…By this you will know that I am the Lord. With the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water of the Nile, and it will be changed into blood.  The fish in the Nile will die, and the river will stink; the Egyptians will not be able to drink the water.’ “ (Exodus 7:14-18)

And later:

When Moses stretched out his staff toward the sky, the Lord sent thunder and hail, and lightning flashed down to the ground.  So the Lord rained hail on the land of Egypt.(Exodus 9:23)

Notice the staff’s power over the waters of river and sky (like those of the Chinese dragon). Later we are told, significantly, that this serpent staff parts the waters of the Red (or Reed) Sea:

Then the Lord said to Moses, “…Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.” (Exodus 14: 15-16)

Next, we are told that the Hebrews wandering in the desert are saved from a plague of snakes via a similar magical snake:

Then the LORD sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the LORD and against you; pray to the LORD to take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.” So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live. (Numbers 21:6)

This is the serpent image being worshiped alongside Asherah’s tree image to the dismay of later reformers.

The Serpent’s Bride

Like the serpent, the Mother Goddess is one of humankind’s oldest symbols.  Often depicted in the nude (like Eve), she is to be found in Neolithic and Paleolithic sites throughout Europe and the Near East, reminding us that in the original creation stories, it is likely that humankind drew a parallel between a mother giving birth from her own body and the earth, or the universe, giving birth to all things, including us.  One of the most striking features of the Myth of Eden is that Eve is born out of the body of Adam, a fairly obvious reversal of biological fact.  All men are born of mothers.

A divine pair of Creators, such as El and Asherah, or Yahweh and Asherah, also makes good metaphoric sense. But the Yahwist priests made an entirely unheard of claim: they said their God was male and ruled alone. There was a Father, but no Mother.  Yahweh absorbed the old bearded man image of Canaanite El and the Storm and War God attributes of the Canaanite God Baal.  Left behind were the serpent, the tree, and the mother. Scratch the surface of the Bible stories just a little and you’ll find the serpent staff and the tree worship of Asherah under every green tree, but in official monotheistic doctrine the obvious meaning of these symbols is disavowed.

Mary treads on a serpent in this German painting by an unknown artist from around 1700 BC.

And so we lost Asherah, the Bride of God, the Tree of Life, and the ability to access Divine Wisdom.  I believe this loss has created a collective wound in the Western psyche, one which is continually returned to in our stories:   Cinderella covered in ashes  must be sought by the prince who has only her shoe; Sleeping Beauty is knocked out for 100 years by the witch who wasn’t invited to her party, until she too is found by her prince; the Grail (a deeply feminine/womb image) must be sought by the true knight; a medieval legend claims Mary Magdalene as the secret bride of Christ; and Mother Mary is enthroned in Heaven (without ever admitting who She really is, even though she is still pictured sometimes treading upon a serpent.)

If we seek this lost mother and Bride of God, however, we may yet find that her fruits are available to us. Could it be that wisdom, and long life, are  still to be had here in the grand garden created for us, male and female, the only creatures who were made in the image of the divine? Is our mother only waiting for us to find our way back to the foot of the tree? Perhaps when we eat of the fruit, the “eyes of our minds,” as one gnostic author wrote, will be opened.  Maybe we will finally recognize that we have been in Eden all along, and then we can begin working toward recreating the Paradise Garden we were meant to have all along.

Photo by Jean-Pol GRANDMONT


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  5. Erin Drake says:

    Wonderful follow up I was wondering where or what version of the bible I can read to see the differences you mention in Genesis, or do they both appear in the bible? I was a little confused on that part.

    • Carisa says:

      Hey Erin,
      Thanks for reading. My personal favorite is the New International Version of the Bible because it is considered a pretty accurate translation and is easy to read. The contradictions about when exactly in the sequence of events humans were made are to be found in different verses of Genesis in the same Bible. The question of the translation of Asherah’s name and meaning is a difference between Bibles. Older translations, such as the King James Version, were made at a time before the Canaanite Goddess Asherah had been rediscovered by archaeologists. Hence, the translators did not know what her name meant and their misunderstandings appear in multiple verses in those translations, where she is translated as groves of trees and her name is not used. Those reading the original Hebrew texts at the time they were written (somewhere between 3000 and 2500 years ago) knew exactly who Asherah was because, as the original texts make clear, they, like their Canaanite neighbors, were worshiping her.
      Hope that helps.

      • eric wynne taylor says:

        Many local area Christian Churches deny that Jerusalem Church was actually a Mystical Jewish religious institution, but the evidence coming up from the sands of time more than convince me of the fact, with the Gospel of Thomas clearly expressing that the Holy Spirit is placed above the Father & the Son by Jesus, which puts the female aspect of god imminent in nature into Power.

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  11. linda says:

    Now what! How can you turn what we have now back to what was intended and make it embraceable for the generations to come. If only we could assemble, if only, under an old oak tree to bring human kind back to a more appreciative place of what was originally attended.
    Could it be earth could actually experience harmony instead of chaos……….Could that ever
    happen…………? Can earth ever be chaos free??????? It is worth the try……..

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  14. Teresa Short says:

    Thank you so much these articles are simply *divine.* I grew up a monotheistic christian & I’ve always wondered this, I’ve believed in both the God & the Goddess for about 10 years now & it makes much more sense & it’s way more harmonious. -Namaste-

  15. Kat says:

    So excited to find this. Have believed for a long time that if there is a god there must be a goddess. there is an opposite for everything, otherwise there is no balance. Nearly every other religion has a female deity, so why not christian? I am so relieved to find that Asherah does in fact exist.
    I was raised a catholic and have been looking towards other religions because of the need for a female energy in a male dominated religion. The fact that Asherah has just been forgoten ( or discouraged violently) gives me hope that many people in need of this female Goddess ( including me) will once again be able worship Asherah along side God (whatever you choose to call him).
    Fantasic article if enough people believe (or just know that Asherah exists) again we may be able to bring some female energy into a male dominated word and to the many people who need to know the mother goddess loves them unconditionally , because that is what mothers do.

    • eric wynne taylor says:

      King Solomon was said to pursue Wisdom above all else, while the concept of Wisdom was still another name for the Goddess in many ancient cultures, where Lady Wisdom aka: the Great Goddess was invoked by early worshippers & obviously by King Solomon himself.

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  17. Jose says:

    I agree that there was a “folk” religion versus the formal religion in ancient Israel. And although you have done some research for sure, there are some issues in your essays (I&II):
    1. notice that in using Elohim, this name uses a singular form (he) and not a plural (they) for creating humanity in the original Hebrew (even your translation)
    2. you left out the note that there was a female part of God (as within all of us having both male and female aspects, as Jung mentioned). That female part was God’s “ruah” “that hovered over the deep”. Basically this deep was chaos and primordial and God birthed it with God’s breath/spirit/personality – “ruah” (which itself is a feminine word in the original Hebrew)
    3. there are many other places where God is described as a “mother hen” brooding over her young, and a “mother eagle” protecting her people Israel.

    I would suggest that therefore it is not that God needs a wife, but that God is complete by having male and female (and even more than that!) sides to God’s self. To ignore this in ourselves leads to destruction. God has been horribly misinterpreted for millennia (and still is). For me, this is why the real Jesus (not the popular idiot many “worship” in the West) is a personification of the heart and breath/spirit/personality – ruah of the Creator through teaching/living/showing compassion, which is neither male or female, but healing.

    • Adam came from the Pagan mythology of Adapa.. And most people do not know that original sin, the eating of the fruit from the tree of knowledge was in regards to idolatry, more specifically directed at “Asherah”, for Asherah was the tree of life and the tree of Knowledge. She is lady wisdom, mother of the God’s to whom is also known as Khokhmah, or “Wisdom’s rebuke” in proverbs. She was not only the basis for the epithets of Sophia, but she was assimilated into the persona of Yahweh, and you are not to seek her knowledge for your eye will be open and you will become like one of the gods, or be put to death. To commit such Idolatry would mean you were to most likely be put to death. She is also attested to the breath of life and she who creates life from clay and breaths life into it.. Much of which also got assimilated into the Persona of Yahweh:
      Genesis 2:17
      17but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
      Genesis 3:5
      for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as Gods
      (Proverbs 3:13, 18; cf. 11:30; 15:4)
      “Happy (‘ashre) is the one who finds wisdom …. She is a tree of life (‘ts chyym) to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are made happy (m’sshr).”
      (Proverbs 9:1-2)
      “Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out its seven pillars. She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table”
      (KTU 1.114 R 1-7)
      “In his house El gave a feast of game, the produce of the hunt in the midst of his palace, he cried: ‘To the carving, gods, eat, O gods, and drink! Drink wine until satiety, foaming wine until intoxication!’ Yarih arched his back like a dog; he gathered up crumbs beneath the tables. Any god who recognized him threw him meat from the joint”
      (KTU 1.4 IV 32-37)
      “Why has the Great Lady who Tramples Yam come? Why has the Mother of the gods arrived? Are you very hungry? Then eat! Are you very thirsty? Then drink! Eat and drink! Eat food from the table, from goblets drink wine, from cups of gold the juice of grapes”
      Further still, this is of course obviously from the oral traditions of the Canaanite Pantheon as El and his wife Asherah attend the great feast, for Asherah is the mother of the Gods. Hence the gods attending the feast are that of the Canaanite Pantheon, the 70 sons of EL. Lastly, Yahweh was never actually EL or El Shaddai as the Yahwistic source “J” assimilated EL, and equated Yahweh to EL. We know this because we know Yahweh was actually one of the 70 son’s of EL, and his inheritance was that of the people of Israel.

  18. bryntc says:

    Reblogged this on asherahsdaughter and commented:
    part 2

  19. eric wynne taylor says:

    King Solomon retained both the Kingly & Religious Pillars to his credit holding up Solomon Temple’s walls that made Solomon himself worthy to be the historically mythologized Christ of old, while the true-true Jesus was in reality much the same, but who had only a shadow of the power & authority of King Solomon in history, but King Solomon was not to be accepted by the Jewish Pharisees & Clerics who spent 300 years after Solomon’s death extracting the Great Goddess “Asherah” from the historical record King Solomon had wrought with his own hands.

  20. Adi says:

    thank you for this article. i’d like to add another thought regarding the connection between serpens-wisdom-woman: the story of Eden is a story to teach women of a great power we posses: the tree of life is a symbol of the great mother, so we know this is a story of the old ways. Eden means gentelness, comfort, relaxation in Hebrew, because these are the ways of women. the serpent is a symbol of women menses, as it shade it skin and grow again and again. like the womb does every month. when a woman bleeds, if she takes time to herself (like in a red tent, for instance), and go deep inside herself, she can atain intuitive knowledge, understanding of things, even messeges as in propfecy (what we would call chaneling today). that is the tree of knowledge. she can then take that knowledge/messege to her comunity – she shares the fruit of the tree of knowledge with them. note that all religeons attribute power to menses – they try to make it a “bad” power, but nobody denies it is there. that is the connection of snakes to wisdom and propfecy. even the engkish word for ceremony (or was it ritual?) comes from ancient hindu-european word for menses.
    the story both try to demonize the great mother and to weaken women by detaching them from their inner strenght, to make it a (disfunctioning) men’s world. but the bible author did’nt ,ade up the story, just took a sacred story that was embeded in the peoples psyche and could not be erased and twisted it.
    i would also like to add a point that some archeologist today think the Israelies are actually the Cnaanites, so indeed there was no holy war to take the land and the goddess religeon was authentic. they also find goddess images in every household in Judea, thts actually how they know how far the influence of that kingdom reached – by the presence of the goddess.

  21. Adi says:

    *i forgot to add, obviously the names of eve (Hava) and adam, as you mentioned in the article, also relate to the great mother. i never heard about linguistic connection between the names eve and ashera, and would like to ask you to elaborate on that, please.

    • eric wynne taylor says:

      Perhaps Haweh (the primordial name of Eve in earlier re-forgings of the Goddess’s Garden Tree) is simply a female tensed name for god?

      • Adi says:

        actually no, don’t forget that when writing a name from one language in another labguage, you have to look at the original language when looking to ts meaning. Hava (Eve) = חוה is a hebrew namw, the root of it is the 2 letters root ח.י, that mean “life”. Yaweh יהוה comes from the root ה.ו.ה which is like the verb “be” in english, in present and future form combined (I’m a native hebrew speaker).
        the bible says clearly thet Eve (חוה) is calles that because she is mother of all living. her name represent her being the source of life.

  22. Adi says:

    p.s – חוה and יהוה are written with completely different letters.

    • Jose Albovias says:

      Also to add to this theologically, during creation in Genesis, it was God’s breath/wind/spirit that hovered over the deep (“ruah” – a feminine form in Hebrew) and birthed creation……….

      • Adi says:

        thats actually another interesting part of the story. in ancient mesopotemia mythology, the first goddess, the only deity at first, was Tiamat. the hebrew word for the deep, or abyss, is tehom (תהום) which comes from tiamat… Tiamat gave birth to the other gods, and then her grandson murdered her and became the chief god (I forgot his name). he used her dead body to shape the world – the Earth itself is the corpse of the goddess.
        this show the direct link between subjugating women and subjugating nature – mother earth herself was defeated, and all that she gave lovingly for free became loot. the same way women, to this day, are forced to marry, sold, raped, or simply expected to do all of the house chores for man, instead of allowing women to flourish, and take their loved ones, willingly, to a whole new and happier way of life.

  23. Simone Streeter says:

    Adi, this is beautifully said, and doesn’t suffer from the fact that English is not your native language. In fact, it lends simplicity and authority to your post. I have known Hebrew speakers, and I think the language sounds like poetry.

    “…all she gave lovingly for free…” reminds me of two books from years back: ‘The Giving Tree’ by Shel Silverstein, a horror story to me, but for some reason beloved by many. And ‘The Politics of the Solar Age: Alternatives to Economics’ by Hazel Henderson. I highly recommend.

    Thank you.

  24. Abram’s father was Terah, who made the temple images for the city of Ur. His family came from Haran, a city north in Syria which was founded as an emporium by the Sumerians in past centuries. The city god of Ur, was the Moon-god Sin, or, in Sumerian, Nannar. His name in Haran was Terah. Abram and his family, along with other residents of Ur, worshipped little images of their divinized ancestors, In the record of Abram’s family they were called the Teraphim, the family of Terah. I think it likely that the chapter of ‘begats’ names the Teraphim. When Abram (or Abraham) traveled to the coast, his uncle Lot and his family traveled with him. The Bible states that Lot took his teraphim with him.

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  28. sourcemama says:

    I can not tell you how much I appreciate you and your time writing this . I have been 30+ years ( I was 9 years old searching) trying to find the truth. I am positive you have written the truth. I am in tears and feeling pure relief. I now know my spiritual purpose. Thank you ❤️

  29. Knute Shinkle says:

    Ergot was in the midst of the garden with Isis the virgin serpent goddess of double wisdom. It gave them Hawk eye vision, the Eye-of-Heru. The first kingdoms were grain based economies, Assur the God of Grain, the first King on earth in the age of kingdoms. EL Re-SuR-rected. He becomes a compound of Mother(Isis) and royal son the born king Heru-Ur i.e. hiss + whirr(Ur), Assur. The mother & son were the driving force of the Pagan religion. Assur was the original Holy Ghost, there only in spirit at the time of his resurrection. Isis is the model for biblical e V e the twice wise virgin who spoke to the serpent.

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  31. Lucy says:

    You know what…the new testament does say to be innocent as doves, yet wise as serpents.

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