The inescapable fact of organized religions having tried to eradicate the fact that god was actually married and according to the bible had a wife
Francesca Stavrakopoulou , once Oxford scholar and now senior lecturer in the department of Theology and Religion at the University of Exeter, has stated that she has found evidence that god had a wife named Asherah - whom, according to the Book of Kings - was worshiped alongside Yahweh ( God by one of his other names) in his Israel based temples.
This is no new revelation, for back in 1967, historian Raphael Patai was the first to suggest ancient Israelites worshipping both Yahweh and Asherah, a theory gaining new prominence due to the research of Francesca. So thorough was the research of this dedicated woman that facts compiled from her written works led to a diocumentary series - in three parts - now being shown across Europe, in which this hot topic is debated by her
Some people refer to their god as Yahweh or Allah, but all religious groups based on Abrahamic foundations agree that only one god exists, as a single, universal creator, not one among many, yet the years of research specializing in the history and religion of Israel have led her to conclude, with some discomfort, she admits, that god did indeed have a wife, her idea based on ancient texts, amulets and figurines unearthed primarily in the ancient Canaanite coastal city called Ugarit, now modern-day Syria.
The odd thing is that every artifact uncovered revealed a belief in Asherah being a powerful fertility goddess, whose ties with Yahweh are spelled out not only with 8th century B.C. inscription on pottery found in the Sinai desert at a site called Kuntillet Ajrud, but also quite clearly in the bible, that inscription composing of a petition for a blessing from both Yahweh and Asherah.
This evidence naturally hints at the two being regarded as a divine pair, further similar discovered inscriptions helping strengthen the conviction that to ancient Israeli tribes, the God of the Bible did indeed share his existence with a wife. The fact that biblical texts refer to the goddess Asherah being worshiped in the Jerusalem temple of Yahweh - the Book of Kings tells am Asherah statue being present in the temple for which female temple personnel wove ritual textiles.
Asherah was never entirely edited out of the Bible, and traces of her remain - she was known by various other names - Astarte and Istar -- across the ancient Near East and was seen as a mighty and nurturing deity. English versions translate Asherah as Sacred Tree, mentions of her quite rare in the Hebrew Bible -Old Testament - where Asherah, as a tree symbol, is even thought o have been ritualistically chopped down and burned outside the Temple, by particular rulers attempting to, as they saw it purify the religion and force the focus onto the worship of Yahweh, the single male god.
Since the tribes of ancient Israel were polytheists, believing in many gods, only a small minority worshipped Yahweh alone at first, something that changed dramatically after the historic events of 586 B.C. when an elite Judean community was exiled to Babylon and the Jerusalem Temple destroyed. The question has to be, of course, if god had a wife, then why should Jesus not have enjoyed the same privilege?
That being the tantalising possibility, could the long sought Holy Grail really be the living descendant of the son of god, on the female side?