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Ancestor of the Israelite tribe of Asher.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
ASHER (PERSON) [Heb ʾāšēr (אָשֵׁר)]. ASHERITE. The eponymous ancestor of the Israelite tribe of Asher, reported to have been the 8th-born son of Israel’s eponymous ancestor Jacob. The name means “happy one,” “righteous one.” It may also be the name of a god, the male form of the goddess Asherah (IPN,
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Asher (Person). Jacob’s son born to Leah’s maid Zilpah (Gn 30:12, 13). The name Asher, probably meaning “happy,” was given to the child by Leah in her delight at his birth. Asher had four sons, Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, and Beriah, and a daughter, Serah (Gn 46:17; 1 Chr 7:30). Some have speculated that the
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Asher ashʹər [Heb. ’āšēr—probably derived from the West Semitic goddess Asherah; Gk. Asēr]; AV NT ASER.
Territory of Asher
Greco-Roman TimesThe archeological evidence, including major structural remains and a rich assortment of artifacts, supports the impression of a large and flourishing community in Greco-Roman times. The historical sources, including especially the Apocrypha, the NT, and Josephus, provide important information
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
ASHER (Person) Jacob’s son born to Leah’s maid Zilpah (Gn 30:12–13). The name Asher, probably meaning “happy,” was given to the child by Leah in her delight at his birth. Asher had four sons, Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, and Beriah, and a daughter, Serah (Gn 46:17; 1 Chr 7:30). Some have speculated that the
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
ASHER. Personal history. Asher was the eighth son of Jacob and the second by Zilpah, Leah’s maid (Gen 30:12–13; 35:26), Jacob’s blessing on Asher is found in Gen 49:20. He had four sons and a daughter (Gen 46:17; 1 Chr 7:30).The tribe. Descendants from Asher at the time of the Exodus numbered 41, 500
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
ASHER (Heb. ’āšēr, ‘happy, blessed’). 1. Jacob’s eighth son, his second by Leah’s maid Zilpah (Gn. 30:13; 35:26). Asher himself fathered four sons and a daughter (Gn. 46:17; Nu. 26:46; with descendants, 1 Ch. 7:30–40). His descendants’ prosperity was foreshadowed in Jacob’s last blessing (Gn. 49:20).
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Asher (Heb. ʾāšēr)1. A god, the male counterpart of Asherah, or a variant of Ashar, a divine name element that occurs in Old Akkadian and Amorite names.2. The eighth son of Jacob by Zilpah, the handmaiden of Jacob’s wife Leah, and the eponymous ancestor of one of the 12 tribes (Gen. 30:12–13). When
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Catholic Bible Dictionary
ASHER (Hebrew, “happiness”) The eighth son of Jacob, by Zilpah (the handmaid of his wife Leah), and the eponymous ancestor of the Israelite tribe of Asher. He was named for the happiness Leah felt at the time of her son’s birth (Gen 30:13). Asher in turn had four sons and a daughter (Gen 46:17). The
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Ash´er, Apocrypha and New Testament, A´ser (blessed), the eighth son of Jacob, by Zilpah, Leah’s handmaid, Gen. 30:13. (b.c. 1753.) The general position of his tribe was on the seashore from Carmel northward, with Manasseh on the south, Zebulun and Issachar on the southeast, and Naphtali on the northeast.