"admittedly syncretistic Kuntillet Ajrud fragments"

Ken Smith kens at 180solutions.com
Wed Jan 23 23:35:20 EST 2002

Well, I guess I was assuming that the reference to "Yahweh and his
Asherah", heading a drawing of a god and a goddess, wasn't exactly up to
the standards of prophetic monotheism :-).  I know that phrase has been
interpreted in different ways, but isn't the most straightforward to
understand it as a reference to Yahweh and his consort Asherah, who are
pictured in the drawing below the inscription?

Still, I'm no expert on these matters, and if there's good reason not to
understand the phrase that way, I'm quite open to learning more.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ian Hutchesson [mailto:mc2499 at mclink.it]
> Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2002 8:34 PM
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Subject: "admittedly syncretistic Kuntillet Ajrud fragments"
> (It's also possible that the Name was known in multiple forms: it
> certainly seems to have been shortened in some instances, e.g., in
> the admittedly syncretistic Kuntillet Ajrud fragments, where it is
> sometimes found as YHWH, and sometimes as YHW.)
> What makes you think that the Kuntillat Ajrud inscriptions were
> "syncretistic"
> based on the evidence we have from the period?
> Ian
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