Hiding In Plain Sight: Translating Deuteronomy 33

Pax Christi everybody!

I recently saw the second episode of The Bible’s Buried Secrets, and in it, Dr. Francesca claims that we can find an edited-out Asherah reference at God’s side in Deuteronomy 33; is this accurate?

“The Bible’s Buried Secrets” was a single two-hour episode of PBS/Nova. Are you confusing it with something else?

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Editing my post after skimming a few more things. The particular verse is Deuteronomy 33:2 where something is at the right hand of Yahweh, and most translations do something like:

  • a fiery law
  • flaming fire
  • flashing lightning

Indeed, here is a more recent discussion over what the word actually means (send me a PM if you want a copy of any of these):

Divine Fire in Deuteronomy 33:2

Now as for Asherah, where does that come from?


Here is a webpage discussing Asherah in general that is worth reading through:


Finally, I came across the paper where that chart is from that explicitly discusses some of Dr Stavrakopoulou’s claims. I’m hesitant to post it since I don’t know anything about the author or the journal, so take it with a grain of salt:

The Hebrew Goddess Asherah in the Greek Septuagint

Maybe someone can chime in with a broader literature discussion on the topic or some specific references from the original claim of the author.


I think there were two Bible’s Buried Secrets, and one of them was a three part series.

Yeahhhhh. Her story proliferates entities unnecessarily.

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Do you have a link please?

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Apparently those secrets really are buried…

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Sorry about the wait!

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