Cult Of Personality

23 Mar

Asherah Goddesses

Asherah’s connection to Yahweh, according to Stavrakopoulou, is spelled out in both the Bible and an 8th century B.C. inscription on pottery found in the Sinai desert at a site called Kuntillet Ajrud.

“The inscription is a petition for a blessing,” she shares. “Crucially, the inscription asks for a blessing from ‘Yahweh and his Asherah.’ Here was evidence that presented Yahweh and Asherah as a divine pair. And now a handful of similar inscriptions have since been found, all of which help to strengthen the case that the God of the Bible once had a wife.” – Discovery News

It’s always interesting to see these odd bits of history rise up from the dust.

I sometimes feel like humanity has left itself an array of sticky notes, hidden in books and behind pictures, and then forgotten about them; or, with items like this, the glue has gone dry, and the thing has fallen down to lay beneath a La-Z-Boy that rarely gets moved while vacuuming.

Anyhow, I mention it because my guess is that these aren’t so much massive theological discoveries, as they are the remnants of early fanboys. This, to me, reeks of a situation you’ll find common in the depths of geek-havens: “Buffy/Asherah is so strong and beautiful, but Superman/Yahweh is wicked powerful. If only we could bring the two together somehow!”

When a fanfic like that catches on, you might find entire (web/archeological) sites dedicated to it, and both the clergy, and the trufans, tend to have the same reaction – “Sacrilege!”

6 Responses to “Cult Of Personality”

  1. bmj2k March 23, 2011 at 12:56 #

    And that is the origin of Scientology.

    • JRD Skinner March 23, 2011 at 14:01 #

      “Man, aliens are awesome, but so are movie theaters -and volcanoes!”

      Maybe, but I tend to believe their underlying theology was written on a bet regarding just how large a lie people will swallow.

  2. Justin Bowes March 23, 2011 at 13:01 #

    There’s a thriving and well-established Jesus+Mary Magdalene fanfic community that goes by the name “Priory of Sion.”

    • JRD Skinner March 23, 2011 at 13:57 #

      Wow, reading up about it on the wikipedia. It’s fascinating stuff, I can’t believe I’ve never heard of it/them before.

  3. bmj2k March 23, 2011 at 18:29 #

    Slightly off topic but still slightly on topic re: fanfic, after it came up in a FlashCast I got really nostalgic for the Star Trek novels I used to read so I downloaded one I remembered fondly for my Kindle. Long story short- what a piece of crap.

    And if I may be permitted a blatant plug, here is my take on L. Ron Hubbard from 2008:

    • JRD Skinner March 23, 2011 at 23:18 #

      That’s too bad, I once had a fondness for those books. Canon oddities always killed it for me though.

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