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The Cult of Asherah in Ancient Israel and Judah: Evidence for a Hebrew Goddess (University of Cambridge Oriental Publications) [Hardcover]

Judith M. Hadley
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9 Jun 2000 University of Cambridge Oriental Publications (Book 57)
Recent archaeological discoveries have encouraged scholars to reinvestigate the Israelite religion. In this book, Judith Hadley uses these discoveries, alongside biblical material and non-biblical inscriptions, to examine the evidence for the worship of Asherah as the partner of God in the Bible. By investigating the Khirbet al-Qom and Kuntillet 'Ajrud inscriptions, for example, where the phrase 'Yahweh and his Asherah' is frequently in evidence, the author asks what the ancient Israelites meant by this, how they construed the relationship between Yahweh and Asherah, and whether in fact the term actually referred to an object of worship rather than to a goddess. The author also evaluates more recent scholarship to substantiate her conclusions. This is a detailed and brilliant study which promises to make a significant contribution to the ongoing debate about the exact nature of Asherah and her significance in pre-exilic Israel and Judah.

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  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (9 Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521662354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521662352
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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'An excellent work, the best of the half-dozen works on Asherah available in English.' Expository Times

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Judith Hadley deploys archaeological discoveries and biblical sources to examine the evidence for the worship of Asherah as the partner of God in the Bible. Her book promises to make a significant contribution to the debate about the exact nature of Asherah and her significance in pre-exilic Israel and Judah.

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This book is very important, but highly specialised and a vast background knowledge of the subject matter is required. It is a difficult read, due to numerous quotes and digressions in every sentence. I admit that I struggle with it myself and still have not read it all. But I will not dismiss it for that. It is a very important book for the new archaeology and history of women's roles and reverance in mass religion. This book confirms that women were once extremely important in religion and therefore a very important book. I will conquer it one day. Ownership of this book is good enough for me at the moment. These kinds of specialist books are very crucial to the survival of women's past importance and therefore inspire confidence. I believe a major contribution to male power and confidence has been the male god and the demotion of the female god. So this book is too important to dismiss just because it is difficult to read.
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