Biblical Polytheism!

Posted on September 27, 2020


Good Sunday Morning, Freethinking Friends! Welcome to the Sunday Service.

I hope you are in good health and in good spirits on this fine day.

With the death of Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the threat of theocracy looms large, as 45 has nominated a right-wing judge, Amy Coney Barrett, to fill the vacancy, with the goal of denying bodily autonomy to American women through overturning the Roe v, Wade decision. On the Media has a good discussion of Barrett and her faith here.

As Christian Nationalism threatens American democracy, I take refuge in scholarship that explores the history of religions. Looked at from a global, historical perspective, religious claims lose their power, as we can see their human creators in the texts and physical artifacts.

One of my favorite Biblical scholars is Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Religion at University of Exeter.

Stavrakopoulou’s work reveals many a startling fact about the Biblical Israelites, such as: the ancient Israelites were a subset of Canaanites; they were polytheists; and they worshiped the Canaanite god, El, and his wife, Asherah.

From 10,000 BCE to 200 BCE, the Israelites were polytheists. It was only after their Jerusalem temple had been destroyed that the Israelites, and then Christians, began to promote strict monotheism, which erased the wife of god, and created the anti-woman thread that runs through Bible-based religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and their off-shoots).

In The Bible’s Buried Secrets: Did God Have a Wife?, Stavrakopoulou goes searching for answers to three questions: “Was the God of Abraham unique? Were the ancient Israelites polytheists? And is it all possible that God had another half?”

Watch the video, learn the truth about the Bible and the Pagan deities hiding within it. Perhaps, like me, you will become a fan of the history of religion–and Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou. …Let me know!

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