Did God Have a Wife?

The PBS is putting a new series on “The Bible’s Buried Secrets” which documented Jewish history at the period which led to the Bible as we know it today, as well as the whole idea of monotheism. However, it was discovered also that the Israelite God, Yahweh, did have a wife, who was a Canaanite fertility goddess. This is really interesting. Here is the video preview:

Well, for Buddhists this is totally normal, nothing surprising. We Buddhists might consider Yahweh himself to reside in one of the high heavens, corresponding with Brahma (they both created heaven and earth, you know), and Brahma came down often to listen to the Buddha’s teaching. So Brahma in a way was one of the Buddha’s students, a celestial one at that. Brahma did have a wife, Sarasvati, who played some role as the goddess of learning and poetry.

It’s too bad that the Israelites chose not to promote their own goddess, so she kind of faded away from history, until now.

5 thoughts on “Did God Have a Wife?

  1. Mark November 17, 2008 / 3:56 pm

    I don’t want to offend one religious ideologies and theology. But it is very straining to my part and in my spirit not talk about such claim by yours… Inevitably, thisis just my comment… God is God and no other gods besides him only man create such gods to continually explain things happened through their own limited intellects… God has no wife and there are no other gods created the heavens and the earth… if people who read this comment you are free to opine this matter through my email…

  2. soraj November 17, 2008 / 10:58 pm

    Hi Mark,
    Well, it’s the PBS that put this up, not me. I claim no knowledge of Judaism at all; this is a Buddhism blog, you know. But thanks for the comments anyway.

  3. Cittasamvaro November 28, 2008 / 6:04 pm

    I’d recommend the fabulous, if overly academic (and long) A History of God by Karen Armstrong. She covers the changing views of God from a localised war deity pitted against neighbours, through every possible connotation and interpretation.
    One thing I got from the book is that no matter what view or idea you come up with, there has been a group and lineage teachign that at some point in the past.
    She also covers the female aspect (being a woman) and the masculination (if there’s such a word) of God. Great book.

  4. soraj November 28, 2008 / 8:09 pm

    Dear Ven. Cittasamvaro,
    Thanks for your comment. Now I have to moderate all comments because some posted some dangerous words about the current political situation. So I need to look at them first. I have not read History of God, but I did read her book on the Buddha. Quite interesting book from a rather naturalistic perspective. What do you think of that one?
    Best, Soraj

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