Sulla rete BBC Two, la studiosa della Bibbia Francesca Stavrakopoulou ha rivelato che Dio aveva una moglie e che la sua esistenza è stata nascosta.
In attesa di vedere questa sera Mauro Biglino a Nova Milanese (MI) per il ciclo di incontri “Così in cielo così in Terra” (trovi tutte le date delle conferenze di Mauro Biglino nell’apposita sezione “Eventi”) ecco un nuovo articolo uscito sul giornale nazionale inglese Telegraph che continua a confermare le incongruenze tra quanto è realmente scritto nella Bibbia e quanto invece è stato detto. Incongruenze che l’autore Mauro Biglino spiega da anni attraverso i suoi libri, primo della serie “Il libro che cambierà per sempre le nostre idee sulla Bibbia”, Uno Editori.
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Bible’s Buried Secrets: ‘Did God Have a Wife?’, review
On BBC Two, Bible scholar Francesca Stavrakopoulou argued that God had a wife – and that her existence was ‘covered up’.
If you hadn’t already guessed from its subtitle, “Did God Have a Wife?”, you could tell this programme was trying hard to shock the moment you heard the music its producers had chosen to play in the background. Alternately simmering and whooshing in a bid to create tension, it would have sounded at home on the soundtrack of a James Bond film.
While oddly melodramatic for a theological documentary, it did at least reflect the tone of the presenter’s narration. The programme’s findings, said Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou, would “rock the foundation” of Christianity and Judaism. She must have been very keen to press home this point, because she used the phrase again and again, although, perhaps worried we were tiring of it, she did once switch to “undermine the basis”.
The findings that were supposed to rock the foundation, or undermine the basis, of Christianity and Judaism, were two-fold: 1) that ancient Israelites worshipped many gods, rather than one, meaning the origins of Christianity and Judaism are polytheistic, and that monotheism is a recent development; and 2) that ancient Israelites believed God, or El, or Yahweh – they’re all the same, said Dr Stavrakopoulou – had a wife, or “consort”: a goddess named Asherah.
I’m not sure I’d call Asherah a secret as such: in 2005, for example, William G Dever published a book – titled, as it happens, Did God Have a Wife? – examining the argument that Asherah was the “consort” of Yahweh. I’m not saying that every piece of information contained in a documentary must be original; merely that, if the information a documentary contains is already available, it’s a little hyperbolic to bill it as a “buried secret” that will “rock the foundation” of two major religions.
Even if the information about Asherah were fresh, I’m not sure we’d hear many foundations rocking. The nature of faith is that it requires, well, faith. If you’re a devout Christian, it doesn’t matter how much evidence a BBC Two documentary presents of other gods and supernatural consorts; you don’t believe in them.
You believe in the one true God, and that’s that. So what if ancient Israelites worshipped more than one god, and thought that God had a wife? You don’t. They were wrong, you’re right. Your faith isn’t likely to be weakened by historical evidence to the contrary, any more than it’s likely to be weakened by atheist rhetoric from Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens.
Diverting though it may be to examine ancient texts and archaeological finds, as Dr Stavrakopoulou did, there isn’t much point trying to attack a religion using facts, because a religion isn’t built on facts. It’s built on truth, or at least what its followers believe to be truth. And they’ll go on believing it no matter how many foundations or bases Dr Stavrakopoulou attempts to shake or undermine.
One idea that did interest me was Dr Stavrakopoulou’s conclusion. “Monotheism,” she said, “brought with it a terrible consequence. God is exclusively male, and so to be male is to be like God. And this has coloured attitudes towards women for centuries and centuries. In toppling the goddess from heaven, monotheism disempowered women. The evidence I’ve presented rocks the foundation of modern monotheism, and for some, that may have a severe impact – but it seems to me that the loss of God’s wife had an even greater impact on the history of humanity. And that’s the painful truth.”
Now, this is where I’d have loved to see some historical evidence. Evidence that, say, until monotheism came along, women and men were educated to an equal or similar level, and enjoyed equal or similar employment rights, and were accorded equal or similar social status; and evidence that, once monotheism became the norm, all of that changed. (The Romans and the ancient Greeks both believed in numerous gods, male and female, yet in their societies the men were completely in charge – so polytheism wasn’t always a catalyst for sexual equality.)
Without supporting evidence, the idea that monotheism disempowered women strikes me as a case of seeing what you want to see. Perhaps feminism is a kind of religion too.