Semitic neopaganism

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Semitic Neopaganism refers to a group of religions based on or attempting to reconstruct the old religious traditions of the Semitic peoples, including the pre-Semitic Sumerian elements of Ancient Mesopotamian religion.

Forms of Semitic Neopaganism are attested in Israel,1 with specific reference to ancient Israelite goddesses.2

The reconstruction of polytheistic practices of Canaan, ancient Phoenicia, ancient Israel and Judah, has antecedents in the 1930s Canaanism, which called upon Jews to distance themselves from Judaism and instead embrace a renewal of ancient Hebrew and Canaanite myths.dubious

In the United States, the notion of historical Israelite or Jewish polytheism has been popularized in the 1960s by Raphael Patai in The Hebrew Goddess, focusing on the cult of female goddesses such as the cult of Asherah in the Solomon's Temple.

Levantine neopaganism

The most notable contemporary Levantine Neopagan group is known as Am Ha Aretz (עם הארץ, lit. "People of the Land", a rabbinical term for uneducated and religiously unobservant Jews), "AmHA" for short, based in Israel. This group grew out of Ohavei Falcha, "Lovers of the Soil", a movement founded in the late 19th century.3

Elie Sheva, according to her own testimony an "elected leader of AmHA" reportedly founded an American branch of the group, known as "Primitive Hebrew Assembly".45

Beit Asherah ("House of the Goddess Asherah"), was one of the first Jewish Neopagan groups, founded in the early 1990s by Stephanie Fox, Steven Posch, and Magenta Griffiths. Magenta Griffiths is High Priestess of the Beit Asherah coven, and a former board member of the Covenant of the Goddess.67

See also


  1. ^ Ofri Ilani. Paganism returns to the Holy Land. Haaretz, 2009.
  2. ^ Jenny Kien, Reinstating the Divine Woman in Judaism (2000), ISBN 978-1-58112-763-8.
  3. ^ Jennifer Hunter, Magickal Judaism: Connecting Pagan and Jewish Practice. Citadel Press Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., New York, New York, 2006, pp. 18–19.
  4. ^ Interview with Elie in Being a Pagan: Druids, Wiccans, and Witches Today, by Ellen Evert Hopman and Lawrence Bond (2001), p. 105.
  5. ^ Witchvox article on Jewish Pagan organizations
  6. ^ Witchcraft today: an encyclopedia of Wiccan and neopagan traditions By James R. Lewis - pg.162
  7. ^ Covenant of the Goddess (Official website)

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