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Asherah
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The name used for both a Canaanite fertility goddess and the wooden pole that symbolized her. Most occurrences of “asherah” in the Bible refer to a sacred pole or tree used in Canaanite and Israelite worship. However, extrabiblical texts found at Ugarit shed light on other occurrences, suggesting that Asherah is a name of a goddess.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Asherah
Asherah (אֲשֵׁרָה‎, asherah). The name used for both a Canaanite fertility goddess and the wooden pole that symbolized her. Most occurrences of “asherah” in the Bible refer to a sacred pole or tree used in Canaanite and Israelite worship. However, extrabiblical texts found at Ugarit shed light on other
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Asherah (Deity)
ASHERAH (DEITY) [Heb ʾăšērâ (אֲשֵׁרָה‎); ʾăšêrâ (אֲשֵׁירָה)]. Asherah appears in the OT both as the name of a Canaanite goddess and of her wooden cult-symbol. She is known in the Ugaritic texts under the name of Athirat (ʾaṯrt), where she functions as consort of the chief god, El, and mother
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Asherah, Asheroth
Asherah, Asheroth. Singular and plural form of the name of a Canaanite goddess associated with Baal (Jgs 3:7; 1 Kgs 18:19).See Canaanite Deities and Religion.
Grove
Grove. Mistaken kjv translation of a Hebrew word that was the name of a Canaanite goddess, Asherah. Often sacred trees were designated as symbols of that fertility goddess; sometimes wooden poles were erected. God commanded the Israelites to destroy those symbols (called Asherim, Asheroth) by cutting
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Asherah
Asherah ə-shēʹrə [Heb. ašērâ]; pl. ASHERIM, also ASHERAHS (2 Ch. 19:3; 33:3), ASHEROTH (Jgs. 3:7); AV GROVE (following LXX and Vulgate); NEB SACRED POLE. The name of a goddess whose worship was widely spread throughout Syria and Canaan; and the objects of worship erected to her.Her “image” is
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Asherah, Asherim, Asheroth
ASHERAH, ASHERIM*, ASHEROTH* Singular and plural form of the name of a Canaanite goddess associated with Baal (Jgs 3:7; 1 Kgs 18:19). The words also refer to the wooden poles erected to worship this goddess. See Canaanite Deities and Religion;Grove.
Grove
GROVE* Mistaken kjv translation of a Hebrew word that was the name of a Canaanite goddess, Asherah. Often sacred trees were designated as symbols of that fertility goddess; sometimes wooden poles were erected. God commanded the Israelites to destroy those symbols (called “Asherim,” “Asheroth”) by cutting
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Asherah
Asherah (uh-shihr´uh).1 A Canaanite goddess, the wife of El according to Ugaritic tradition, but the consort of Baal in Canaan. In Ugaritic literature she is called “Lady Asherah of the Sea,” a title that may signify “she who treads on the sea.” Apart from her name, she has other connections with the
Asher
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 Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Grove
GROVE. This is a translation of two words: 1. Heb. ’ēshel, “tamarisk.” Abraham planted a grove (KJV), more appropriately “a tamarisk,” at Beer-sheba (see Gen 21:33, RSV; cf. “tree” [’ēshel, in 1 Sam 22:6 and 31:13). See Plants: Tamarisk.2. Heb. ’ăshērâ. In its various forms it is rendered “grove”
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Asherah
ASHERAH. A Canaanite mother-goddess mentioned in the Ras Shamra texts (aṯrtt) as a goddess of the sea and the consort of El, but associated in the OT with Baal (e.g. Jdg. 3:7). While the OT sometimes refers to Asherah as a goddess (e.g., 1 Ki. 18:19; 2 Ki. 23:4; 2 Ch. 15:16), the name is used also of
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Asherah
Asherah (Heb. ʾăšērâ)The Hebrew name of an Amorite or Canaanite goddess and the cult object dedicated to her. A complete distinction between the deity and the sacred poles erected in her honor is not always possible in the OT (cf. Judg. 3:7).Asherah may have been the same as Ašratum, the consort
Asher
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
Asherah
Asherah [ə shĭrˊə] (Heb. ˒ašērâ). The Hebrew name of an Amorite or Canaanite goddess and the cult object dedicated to her. The KJV consistently renders Heb. ˒ašērâ “grove,” to identify both the goddess and the pole which belonged to her. The RSV and the NIV distinguish between the two,
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Asherah
ASHERAH אשׁרהI. The Hebrew term ʾăšêrâ, ʾăšērâ, seems to be used in two senses in the Bible, as a cultic object (asherah) and as a divine name (Asherah).It is the presence of possibly cognate words in other Semitic languages, where goddesses are frequently understood to be denoted, that has
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Asherah
ASHERAH (Hebrew ʾăšērâ)1. A Canaanite goddess and the wife of El, the supreme god in Ugaritic mythology. Called “Lady,” “Mother of the Gods,” and “Lady of the Sea,” Asherah is sometimes also described as the consort of Baal.2. A cult object—normally of wood—erected in honor of the goddess and used
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