an answer; i.e., to "prayer", the father of Shamgar, who was one of the judges of Israel (Judg. 3:31).
After him Shamgat, the son of anath, was elected for their governor, but died in the first year of his government.
anath signified the fountain of light, and was abbreviated Nath and Neith by the Egyptians.
But that both anath and Astarte were also dissolute goddesses is recognised in a text which ascribes their creation to Set.