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Asherah

[uh-sheer-uh] /əˈʃɪər ə/
noun, plural Asherim
[uh-sheer-im] /əˈʃɪər ɪm/ (Show IPA),
Asherahs for 2.
1.
an ancient Semitic goddess, sometimes identified with Ashtoreth and Astarte, worshiped by the Phoenicians and Canaanites.
2.
any of various upright wooden objects serving as a sacred symbol of Asherah.
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Word Origin and History for asherim

asherah

n.

1863, wooden pillar used as symbol of Canaanite goddess Ashera, of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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asherim in the Bible

and pl. Asherim in Revised Version, instead of "grove" and "groves" of the Authorized Version. This was the name of a sensual Canaanitish goddess Astarte, the feminine of the Assyrian Ishtar. Its symbol was the stem of a tree deprived of its boughs, and rudely shaped into an image, and planted in the ground. Such religious symbols ("groves") are frequently alluded to in Scripture (Ex. 34:13; Judg. 6:25; 2 Kings 23:6; 1 Kings 16:33, etc.). These images were also sometimes made of silver or of carved stone (2 Kings 21:7; "the graven image of Asherah," R.V.). (See GROVE ØT0001556 [1].).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for asherim

Asherah

ancient West Semitic goddess, consort of the supreme god. Her principal epithet was probably "She Who Walks on the Sea." She was occasionally called Elath (Elat), "the Goddess," and may have also been called Qudshu, "Holiness." According to texts from Ugarit (modern Ras Shamra, Syria), Asherah's consort was El, and by him she was the mother of 70 gods. As mother goddess she was widely worshiped throughout Syria and Palestine, although she was frequently paired with Baal, who often took the place of El; as Baal's consort, Asherah was usually given the name Baalat. Inscriptions from two locations in southern Palestine seem to indicate that she was also worshiped as the consort of Yahweh.

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