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Another look at how elohim (the gods) answered Moses' question, "What is your name?"

By Paula Gott

Jeremiah 8:8

“‘How can you say, ‘We are wise, and the law of the Lord is with us’?

But, behold, the false pen of the scribes has made it into a lie.’”

In ancient mythology, the most popular goddesses “came to earth in a ball of fire.” Meteorites were sacred and honored for their perceived relationship to the arrival of the goddess. The ancient Nabataeans (who disappeared in the first century BCE near Emesa (Syria)) and the ancient Emesans (who suddenly appeared in the first century BCE near Emesa) revered a "Sacred Black Stone" they called El Gabal (El=God; Gabal=Mountain).


El was the supreme god, father of humankind, and creator of all creatures on earth. The word El was found in the ruins of the Royal Library of the Ebla civilization in the archaeological site of Tell Mardikh (Syria) and dated to c. 2300 BCE. Tablets found in excavations at Ugarit (written c. 1300-1200 BCE) named El’s wife; she was the Goddess Asherah (Hebrew אשרה - ASHRH). Asherah was a major Semitic mother goddess who was worshipped in ancient Israel as the consort of El and in Judah as the consort of Yahweh. Of course this was some time before YHVH was transformed to a male-only deity.

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The Hebrew word for “god” is eloah. Elohim and Elohei are plural for eloah.


Exodus 3:13: “Then Moses said ‘el-ha·'e·lo·him. ‘If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘Elohei of your fathers sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?”


Exodus 3:14: “E·lo·him (translated as “God,” but literally, “gods”) said to Moses, “AHYH ASHR AHYH.” This important answer Moses received “from the gods” has been translated as “I AM THAT I AM” or “I AM WHO I AM,” or "I AM WHAT I AM."


For the name of God, Yahweh (YHWH) to become "I AM" (AHYH) requires a very minor change of Hebrew letters. For the name of the Semetic goddess Asherah (ASHRH) to become "that/who/what" (ASHR) also requires minor changes. (See enlarged images below.)


If the original text was AHYH ASHRH YHWH, rather than AHYH ASHR AHYH, then the gods’ answer to Moses question, "What is your name?" was: “I AM Mother (Goddess), Father (God)." This thesis is supported by the excavations at Ugarit that identified Yahweh and Asherah (YHVH ASHRH) as Semetic Father-God and Mother-Goddess (masculine and feminine principles). It seems possible, perhaps probable, that “The gods” instructed Moses to tell his people that THEY were YHVH and ASHRH, Father of all and Mother of all.

Jeremiah's warning may deserve careful consideration. The powerful Patriarchal Priesthood had a great deal to lose if Moses supported those who worshipped YHVH and ASHRH.


Did Moses' "two stone tablets" received from “the gods” on the “mountain” originate with the "Sacred Black Stone" mythology built around Yahweh and Asherah? Evidence to support this conclusion can be found in a most unexpected place:


Revelation 22:16: “I Jesus have sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star.”


Revelation 22:17: “The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let him who is thirsty come, let him who desires take the water of life without price.”


"The Spirit" and "The Bride" are clearly two entities; therefore, it can be assumed that the conjunction "and" in Revelation 22:16 has been misplaced; 22:16 should read, "I AM the root, the offspring of David, AND the Bright Morning Star."


The Greek word for star is aster. The "Bright Morning Star" was Venus, mythological goddess of love, beauty and sexuality (procreation). Asherah was also known as the goddess of procreation - the Great Mother Goddess, consort of Yahweh.


Jesus said: "I AM..." He then described "I AM" as "The Root" and "The Morning Star." Allegorically, Jesus said "I AM" consisted of two parts: the masculine and feminine principles  from which all life emerges. With this understanding of his words, and the understanding of Moses' interaction with The Gods on Mount Sinai, religion and science begin to merge:


E = mc can also be written: m = E divided by c2. According to Einstein, mass/matter/life is created by the interaction of Energy and Light. Energy can be equated with Root and God to represent "masculine potential." Light can be equated with Morning Star and Goddess to represent "feminine potential." Creation, according to Moses, Jesus, and Einstein requires both.


Jeremiah 8:8

“‘How can you say, ‘We are wise, and the law of the Lord is with us’? But, behold, the false pen of the scribes has made it into a lie.’”


YHWH          יְהֹוָה    Yahweh

AHYH             הָיָה    "I AM"  
ASHRH          אשרה      Asherah 

ASHR              אֲשֶׁר   "That"



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