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When God Had a Wife
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

INTRODUCTION
Bringing Her Back Home

1 Out of Egypt

2 The Divine Consort

3 Israel's Hidden Priestesses

4 Goddesses to Be Reckoned With

5 Sophia's Secrets

6 "The Great Revelation"

7 Jesus and His Goddess

EPILOGUE
Equal Rites

Notes

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

Since 1989, Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince have researched historical and religious mysteries, authoring such bestsellers as The Stargate Conspiracy and The Templar Revelation, which directly inspired The Da Vinci Code. Frequent speakers at conferences around the world, they regularly appear on TV series such as Forbidden History, History's Ultimate Spies, and Medieval Murder Mysteries. Lynn lives in Surrey, UK, and Clive lives in London.

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"A book that blows the lid off one of the most ancient cover-ups in the world--the existence of a feminine deity every bit as important as the masculine Yahweh. This is a book that all should read--it is powerful, thought-provoking, and wonderfully contentious. The scholarship of the writers is evident on every page. So read on and be prepared to be astounded and diverted. Your world may never look the same again." * John Matthews, coauthor of Temples of the Grail and The Lost Book of the Grail *
"Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince are two of the most important history writers of modern times. They build a compelling case for the veneration of the goddess alongside the religion of Yahweh among the ancient Israelites and how its persistence lingered through to the age of Jesus. A page-turning read from start to finish." * Andrew Collins, author of The Cygnus Key and Goebekli Tepe *
"Picknett and Prince, long known for profoundly unsettling religious and historical revelations, have excelled themselves with this story of the little-known Israelite goddesses--their rise, fall, and, unexpectedly, their rise again. But now we are also faced with another deeply uncomfortable cover-up--that of the priestesses who celebrated the goddess even from within Christ's own circle. A major book and a gripping read." * Graham Phillips, author of The Virgin Mary Conspiracy *
"What I like about this book is the referencing to external scholarship and the clarity of presentation. The finding of an 8th-century-BCE inscription at Kuntillet Ajrud, read as 'Yahwe (God) and his Ashera,' supports the authors' contention that God had a consort." * Robert Feather, author of The Secret Initiation of Jesus at Qumran *
"Picknett and Prince have put together a tour de force of argument and research in three of the seven chapters for anyone pursuing the truth about the divine feminine in the Judeo-Christian tradition. I would judge When God Had a Wife to be landmark study of the history of religion." * Scott S. Smith, author of Extraordinary People: Real Life Lessons on What it Takes to Achieve Succes *
"This book is chock full of great history, amazing research, great messages, and intriguing writing. All devotees of religion in modern times ought to read it because of its exemplary research, revelation of ugly, uncomfortable truths we ALL need to accept, and its celebration of the once, present, and future goddesses who history and the patriarchy could not silence , and never will." * Saoirse, PaganPages.org *
"When God had a Wife is a well-researched book, depending almost entirely for its arguments (if not all of its conclusions) on the scholarship of academics." * Jay Vickers, Fortean Times Magazine *
"The emergence of the church as a patriarchal authoritarian and political institution in the fourth century played a critical role, but the orthodox view of Jesus has in my view been overturned by the Gnostic Gospels, from which a new and more balanced picture emerges. I believe that we are now ready as a culture for a fully fledged sacred feminine that embraces all of its aspects. When God Had a Wife is an important contribution to this process." * David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer Journal *

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