I am a huge fan of the Discovery channel. They have a way of combining entertainment and learning. This makes it one of the most watched channels at my house. However, I hate when Discovery decides to do a special on the Bible or a related subject.
It never fails that when this happens the authority of Scripture is undermined, and the Christian faith that has been delivered to us by the apostles (Jude 3) is distorted. A new special follows this same mold.
The special that was made for BBC, will also be aired by Discovery in the United States. It claims to have discovered that the God of the Bible had a wife. The chief researcher in this discovery is Francesca Stavrakopoulou, who teaches at the University of Exeter.
She claims that “after years of research I have come to a colorful and what could seem, to some, uncomfortable conclusion that God had a wife.” Her evidence? It seems to be as followed. First, Asherah was a prominent God in the region. Second, there were high places (places of worship) within Israel dedicated to Asherah. Third, there is a pottery inscription that says “Yahweh and His Asherah.” Finally, the claim is that this connection has been edited out of the Bible by men. From this the claim is made that God had a wife.