a city of Bashan, in the kingdom of Og (Deut. 1:4; Josh. 12:4; 13:12; 9:10). It was in the half-tribe of Manasseh (Josh. 13:12), and as a Levitical city was given to the Gershonites (1 Chr. 6:71). Uzzia, one of David's valiant men (1 Chr. 11:44), is named as of this city. It is identified with Tell Ashterah, in the Hauran, and is noticed on monuments B.C. 1700-1500. The name Beesh-terah (Josh. 21:27) is a contraction for Beth-eshterah, i.e., "the house of Ashtaroth."
ashtaroth must have had pity on me; for she directed my steps to those very traders who bought Sarchedon from the sons of Anak.
"I may not lift mine eyes to ashtaroth," was his cautious reply.
If these were dreams—he prayed to ashtaroth—let him never wake again!
And yonder, by the beard of Nimrod and the beauty of ashtaroth!
And the figure of the weeping woman near it is probably that of ashtaroth.
He cared as little for the beauty of ashtaroth as of Semiramis.
And they put his armour in the house of ashtaroth and they fastened his body to the wall of Beth-shan.
By the brows of ashtaroth, the sport grows to earnest now, and the prize will be won by him who can strike first!
Between the ashtaroth and the Anathoth the difference was but in name.
To him, ashtaroth was no more an impersonation of light, beauty, and unearthly power than Semiramis.