BBC 1 The Big Questions – Is God a Woman?


 Or a man?  Neither. We anthropomorphise. Most theologians on this programme agreed. Yet they still  argued and were divided over whether there should be women bishops. Historian Bettany Hughes and Rabbi Elli Sarah, battle it out with Rev Canon Dr Gavin Ashenden  and Rabbi Pesach Efune and others to show how the  overwhelmingly feminine depiction of the divine  in early history was superceded by male images  as warrior tribal societies became dominant. Women were priests in the first 300 years of Christianity says Hughes. A rare treat to see two rabbis going toe to toe on mainstream  TV And a good plug for Bettany Hughes forthcoming series. Divine Women.  

Discussion begins at 42.30 mins   Feature approx 17 mins 

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01gg5dt/The_Big_Questions_Series_5_Episode_14/

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