Besides The Righteous Jardacia

History’s Vanquished Goddess ASHERAH

“Worshipped in Jerusalem’s Solomonic Temple for hundreds of years, and the last surviving Goddess in Palestine, Asherah’s ubiquitous popularity conflicted with the rise of monotheism and the formation of the Old Testament.
Asherah’s days were numbered; she would soon be eliminated also and vanquished from the religious record.”

This book explains all of the people who worshipped Ashrah, and attaches images from the archaeological excavations. This work also cites other works for study.


Did God Have a Wife?

Following up on his two recent, widely acclaimed studies of ancient Israelite history and society, William Dever here reconstructs the practice of religion in ancient Israel from the bottom up. Archaeological excavations reveal numerous local and family shrines where sacrifices and other rituals were carried out. Intrigued by this “folk religion” in all its variety and vitality, Dever writes about ordinary people in ancient Israel and their everyday religious lives.

Did God Have a Wife? shines new light on the presence and influence of women’s cults in early Israel and their implications for our understanding of Israel’s official “Book religion.” Dever pays particular attention to the goddess Asherah, reviled by the authors of the Hebrew Bible as a foreign deity but, in the view of many modern scholars, popularly envisioned in early Israel as the consort of biblical Yahweh. His work also gives new prominence to women as the custodians of Israel’s folk religion.

This book exists on the Internet Archive for free.


A Reassessment of Asherah

Asherah is one of the most popular goddesses known from the ancient world. In this second edition of the author’s 1993 monograph on the goddess, further articles and bibliography have been added to bring this expanding field of study more up-to-date. To date, this monograph contains the only full-length treatment of the Ugaritic material on Asherah in addition to a comprehensive examination of the textual sources from the Hebrew Bible, ancient Mesopotamia, Epigraphic South Arabian, and Hittite sources, as well as the intriguing Hebrew inscriptions that perhaps mention the goddess.


The Many Faces of the Goddess

The ancient Semitic deities Anat, Astarte, Qedeschet, and Asherah have been of great interest in recent research history. This study now contributes to the study of the iconography of these deities in the period 1500-1000 BC. Cornelius not only presents the various iconographic representations in detail and explains their peculiarities, he also tries to clarify the relationships between the gods and to identify them.

You can also find this book for free on the internet archive.


The Complete Prophecies of Nostradamus

Here are the complete prophecies of Nostradamus. Nostradamus is the best-known and most accurate mystic and seer of all times. There are those who say that he predicted Napoleon and even the attack on the World Trade Center. Read the prophecies and judge for yourself. Since governments, sects and countries will undergo such sweeping changes, diametrically opposed to what now obtains, that were I to relate events to come, those in power now – monarchs, leaders of sects and religions – would find these so different from their own imaginings that they would be led to condemn what later centuries will learn how to see and understand. – Nostradamus


Akhenaten and the Religion of Light

Akhenaten, also known as Amenhotep IV, was king of Egypt during the Eighteenth Dynasty and reigned from 1375 to 1358 B.C. E. Called the “religious revolutionary,” he is the earliest known creator of a new religion. The cult he founded broke with Egypt’s traditional polytheism and focused its worship on a single deity, the sun god Aten. Erik Hornung, one of the world’s preeminent Egyptologists, here offers a concise and accessible account of Akhenaten and his religion of light. Hornung begins with a discussion of the nineteenth-century scholars who laid the foundation for our knowledge of Akhenaten’s period and extends to the most recent archaeological finds. He emphasizes that Akhenaten’s monotheistic theology represented the first attempt in history to explain the entire natural and human world on the basis of a single principle. “Akhenaten made light the absolute reference point,” Hornung writes, “and it is astonishing how clearly and consistently he pursued this concept.” Hornung also addresses such topics as the origins of the new religion; pro-found changes in beliefs regarding the afterlife; and the new Egyptian capital at Akhetaten which was devoted to the service of Aten, his prophet Akhenaten, and the latter’s family.