Asher • The Plain of Asher
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
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
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Asher (ash´uhr; Heb., “happy”).1 The son of Jacob and Zilpah (Gen. 30:12–13) and the eponymous ancestor of the tribe Asher. Leah is said to have given him this name, because his birth made her happy and because she knew that women would deem her happy for bearing him. Some scholars have speculated that
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
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
ASHER [ASH err] (happy) — the name of a man and a city in the Bible:1. The eighth son of Jacob, the second by Leah’s maidservant, Zilpah (Gen. 30:13). On his deathbed Jacob blessed Asher: “Bread from Asher shall be rich, and he shall yield royal dainties” (Gen. 49:20).2. A city situated east of Shechem
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Ashʹer [happy one], the name of a man, of the tribe descended from him and of a city.1. One of the sons of Jacob by Zilpah, Leah’s handmaid (Gen. 30:13). No particulars of his personal history are recorded.2. The tribe descended from Asher has as little prominence in Scripture history as Asher himself.
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
ASHER (Ăshʹ ẽr) or ASER (NT Gk.), ASHERITES Personal, place, and tribal name meaning “fortune,” “happiness.” 1. Eighth son of Jacob, born of Zilpah, the concubine (Gen. 30:13). His four sons and one daughter began the tribe of Asher (Gen. 46:17). Jacob’s blessing said Asher would have rich food that
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Asher ash′uhr (אָשֵׁר H888, “happy, fortunate” [possibly a popular etymology if the name was originally related to a deity; cf. Asherah]; gentilic אָשֵׁרִי H896, “Asherite”; Ἀσήρ G818). KJV Apoc. and NT, Aser. (1) Eighth son of Jacob, and the second by Zilpah, the handmaid whom Leah had given to Jacob