When God Had a Wife

When God Had a WifeReveals The Tradition Of Goddess Worship In Early Judaism And How Jesus Attempted To Restore The Feminine Side Of The Faith Provides Historical And Archaeological Evidence For An Earlier Form Of Hebrew Worship With Both Male And Female Gods, Including A Th Century Discovery Of A Hebrew Temple Dedicated To Both Yahweh And The Warrior Goddess Anat Explores The Hebrew Pantheon Of Goddesses, Including Yahweh S Wife, Asherah, Goddess Of Fertility And Childbirth Shows How Both Jesus And His Great Rival Simon Magus Were Attempting To Restore The Ancient, Goddess Worshipping Religion Of The Israelites Despite What Jews And Christians And Indeed Most People Believe, The Ancient Israelites Venerated Several Deities Besides The Old Testament God Yahweh, Including The Goddess Asherah, Yahweh S Wife, Who Was Worshipped Openly In The Jerusalem Temple After The Reforms Of King Josiah And Prophet Jeremiah, The Religion Recognized Yahweh Alone, And History Was Rewritten To Make It Appear That It Had Always Been That Way The Worship Of Asherah And Other Goddesses Was Now Heresy, And So The Status Of Women Was Downgraded And They Were Blamed For God S Wrath However, As Lynn Picknett And Clive Prince Reveal, The Spiritual Legacy Of The Jewish Goddesses And The Sacred Feminine Lives On Drawing On Historical Research, They Examine How Goddess Worship Thrived In Early Judaism And Included A Pantheon Of Goddesses They Share New Evidence For An Earlier Form Of Hebrew Worship That Prayed To Both Male And Female Gods, Including A Th Century Archaeological Discovery Of A Hebrew Temple Dedicated To Both Yahweh And The Goddess Anat Uncovering The Sacred Feminine In Early Christianity, The Authors Show How, In The First Century AD, Both Jesus And His Great Rival, Simon Magus, Were Attempting To Restore The Goddess Worshipping Religion Of The Israelites The Authors Reveal How Both Men Accorded Great Honor To The Women They Adored And Who Traveled With Them As Priestesses, Jesus S Mary Magdalene And Simon S Helen But, As Had Happened Centuries Before, The Church Rewrote History To Erase The Feminine Side Of The Faith, Deliberately Ignoring Jesus S Real Message And Again Condemning Women To Marginalization And Worse Providing All The Necessary Evidence To Restore The Goddess To Both Judaism And Christianity, Picknett And Prince Expose The Disastrous Consequences Of The Suppression Of The Feminine From These Two Great Religions And Reveal How We Have Been Collectively And Instinctively Craving The Return Of The Sacred Feminine For Millennia

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  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • When God Had a Wife
  • Lynn Picknett
  • 26 October 2019
  • 9781591433705

10 thoughts on “When God Had a Wife

  1. says:

    I m gonna jump right in and say that When God Had a Wife The Fall and Rise of the Sacred Feminine in the Judeo Christian Tradition has been one of the most fascinating books I ve ever read I randomly requested it on NetGalley because I liked the title and I wanted to read a nonfiction I m obviously very glad I did because I highly enjoyed this book and I consider it a 2019 favorite of mine now I am a history lover and I ve always been intrigued by anything biblical ever since I was a child but I wouldn t say this book is something I d pick up easily I just don t read a lot of books that deal with religion or spirituality even though I do find these interesting topics So now I feel I definitely need to read books that are similar to this one, or at least look into the authors other books I m sure they will be equally intriguing.A big chunk of this book, which was mostly the first part, dived into the early days of Judaism and where Asherah Yahweh s wife fit in it This part was the most fascinating to me I could hardly stop reading this particular section of the book It was not only something interesting to read about but also very thought provoking Another thing I feel I just gotta mention is that this was a very well researched book and that the authors definitely know what they re talking about This is another reason why I can t wait to read books written by them, actually I know this book will probably not be everyone s cup of tea I must admit that even for me all the information of the Sacred Feminine and everything it entails made my head spin but it was well worth the read I m so glad I stumbled upon it

  2. says:

    Thank you to Net Galley for sending me a copy in exchange for a honest review.I found it incredibly interesting in how these religions were formed in the beginning it s something I ve always been interested in, how Judaism, Christianity and Islam all kind of circle around the same geographical area, principles and all include Jesus, which just makes the endless war and hatred of each other throughout history completely ridiculous to me I am someone who is not religious in any way shape or form, but I respect other people s religions, as long as their beliefs don t belittle or diminish someone else s beliefs.I did find it a little hard to follow at some points, simply because I am not brushed up on the Bible, but it didn t hinder my reading completely.This was intricately detailed in it s research and the depth of work that the authors did for this was astounding there were detailed recounts of Bible stories, and was very interesting to read Obviously this is a book only suitable for those who are interested in the subject itself and I do wish it had of a feminist undertone but that s just my preference.

  3. says:

    My thanks to Inner Traditions Bear Company for an eARC via NetGalley of When God Had A Wife by Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince in exchange for an honest review.Subtitled The Fall and Rise of the Sacred Feminine in the Judeo Christian Tradition this book is the culmination of decades of research by its authors and also revisits key themes from their previously published works While approaching the topic in a scholarly manner they write Part of our mission is to build a bridge between the Mind, Body, and Spirit MBS community and academics We realize the time is right to share the curious, not always easy, crossover between their discoveries and ours Certainly a fascinating, eye opening work that looks at an extensive array of both historical and archeological sources and presents them in an accessible manner The main text is accompanied by notes and a detailed bibliography.I come from the position of someone who is already convinced of the importance and existence of the Divine Feminine and so in my case Picknett and Prince are preaching to the choir.However, I also recognise that no matter how strong the archeological and historical evidence is there will be those who will deny anything but a strictly patriarchal interpretation of Judeo Christianity Yet I am heartened by the authors optimistic view and certainly over my lifetime have witnessed a cultural shift in terms of the recognition of the Sacred Feminine.I found their closing words especially inspiring The story we have traced shows a perpetual yin yang like balance to be cosmically important And what the world needs now than anything is balance But as ever, hidden in the story of the goddess is the secret of how to make it happen I feel that this is an important work that hopefully will encourage study and dialogue Certainly one that I would hope will be welcomed by academia and by those interested in Biblical studies as well as by those exploring aspects of the Sacred Feminine in world religions.

  4. says:

    This book begins with the authors discoursing on El and Yahweh, who were they, where did they come from, and how they were so closely resembling Egyptian Gods They also brought up both Sons of God and Angels, are they one and the same Did Exodus really happen and did the Red Sea really part Asherah who Is she What are her origins Why is her name found in multiple cultures What is her role and how does it impact Judaism and in reflection, Christianity as well What symbols are designated hers What is her relationship to El and Yahweh Why are trees, goats and angels found at sites where her name is also found Do her many names equate to Hathor, she who has many names.What is the relationship between Egypt and Israel, Moses and Canaan, Joseph and the 12 tribes Was there really a Temple of Solomon Why was it built and what does the iconography found mean to Judaism What influence does Egypt have on the Hebrew Bible and its first five books Are Aten and Yahweh alike or was one patterned after the other What do the Arc of the Covenant and the closed Shrine of Amun Ra have in common Having found answers the book continues to reveal that even in Judaism and Christianity the Divine Feminine Existed She existed in Deborah and Joel among others in the Old Testament and She can be found in Helen, Wife of Simon Peter and in Jesus Mary Magdalene in the New Testament She is Isis in Egypt and Sophia in Greece.They continue offering proof of the existence of the Sacred Feminine citing finding it in the Kabbalah Here She takes the form of the Shekinah They continue with The Tree of Life where The Divine Feminine is found in Malkuth as this Shekinah and it is in Malkuth that the Divine Light from Above manifests into the physical world or the material plane.I read through this book in four days I just could not stop reading it Usually one filled with as much information and thorough research, takes over a week to absorb I felt impelled to reach the end to find out why I always wondered why God had no Consort but was in my sense Alone Thank you for reaffirming faith in myself to know He did and She exists even Now.If you like mysteries, if you feel the Feminine needs balancing and if, you like me think women have always honored the Divine Feminine but did so in secret, this is a must read This book spotlights the imbalance between the Masculine and Feminine and brings the Feminine closer to balance than ever before.I thank the authors, NetGalley and Bear and Company for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in advance of its publishing date.

  5. says:

    My thanks to Inner Traditions Bear Company for an eARC via NetGalley of When God Had A Wife by Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince in exchange for an honest review.Subtitled The Fall and Rise of the Sacred Feminine in the Judeo Christian Tradition this book is the culmination of decades of research by its authors and also revisits key themes from their previously published works While approaching the topic in a scholarly manner they write Part of our mission is to build a bridge between the Mind, Body, and Spirit MBS community and academics We realize the time is right to share the curious, not always easy, crossover between their discoveries and ours Certainly a fascinating, eye opening work that looks at an extensive array of both historical and archeological sources and presents them in an accessible manner The main text is accompanied by notes and a detailed bibliography.I come from the position of someone who is already convinced of the importance and existence of the Divine Feminine and so in my case Picknett and Prince are preaching to the choir.However, I also recognise that no matter how strong the archeological and historical evidence is there will be those who will deny anything but a strictly patriarchal interpretation of Judeo Christianity Yet I am heartened by the authors optimistic view and certainly over my lifetime have witnessed a cultural shift in terms of the recognition of the Sacred Feminine.I found their closing words especially inspiring The story we have traced shows a perpetual yin yang like balance to be cosmically important And what the world needs now than anything is balance But as ever, hidden in the story of the goddess is the secret of how to make it happen I feel that this is an important work that hopefully will encourage study and dialogue Certainly one that I would hope will be welcomed by academia and by those interested in Biblical studies as well as by those exploring aspects of the Sacred Feminine in world religions.

  6. says:

    A fascinating, scholarly book about the divine feminine in Judaism and Christianity The authors show that despite our assumption that monotheism has existed since the time of Abraham at least there has always been a goddess figure who was worshipped in Judaism This goddess figure was also a part of early Christian sects as well Anyone who is interested in a scholarly approach to the Bible should read this book Much of the book is focused on the Old Testament and addresses many highly interesting topics related to the ancient Hebrews, who they were, and how they viewed God The authors cover the feminine divine of the New Testament as a continuation of the goddess figures of the Old Testament, focusing on Mary Magdalene Surprisingly, Mary of Nazareth the mother of Jesus was only addressed at the very end of the book Given the veneration of her by the Roman Catholic Church, I would have expected much discussion of her This book would best interest those with seminary degrees or laypersons with a very keen interest in Biblical scholarship Much of the research by the authors is rather mind blowing and might be a bit much for the average churchgoer.

  7. says:

    An intriguing look at the sidelining of the Sacred Feminine within Judaism and Christianity The authors go back to the time of the Israelites and argue that not only were they polytheistic or at the very least they acknowledged other gods even if one was considered foremost until the time of Isaiah, but that even Yahweh had a female counterpart Working through the centuries down to the time of Jesus, the book argues that despite the best efforts of the monotheists, the figure of the Sacred Feminine refused to disappear completely It was a very good read with some convincing arguments, although I must say that I didn t agree with everything The authors have obviously done a great deal of research and it shows, however, I did feel that some of the middle chapters seemed to be very long and rather dry in areas Overall, I found it to be worth reading and it has piqued my interest in looking into the subject further Thanks to NetGalley and publishers, Inner Traditions Bear Company, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

  8. says:

    This book provides an accessible resource for those seeking information about the sacred feminine For millennia, humans worshipped both female and male deities This was especially true for agriculturally based civilizations, as their deities represented the reproductive process of crops, animals, and humans The authors have done good research and skillfully lift up the many female deities that have sustained humanity throughout the ages For those who want to further study this important piece of the history of religions, the books will not disappoint.

  9. says:

    An interesting and engrossing book about the sacred feminine It s well researched and well written.I learned a lot and I think I d like to read other books by this author.Recommended Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

  10. says:

    When God Had a Wide is a in depth book that is well researched and fascinating It is well written and very interesting If you are interested in religious studies than this is a good book for you.

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