from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A wooden post or pole planted near the altars of various Semitic gods: in the authorized version of the Bible erroneously translated ‘grove.’
  • n. [capitalized] A Semitic goddess not mentioned in the Bible except in three dubious passages, but whose name is certified by early tablets.


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  • In the Torah you can find several obscure mentions of an asherah, or a sacred grove.

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  • Both the Greek and Latin translations of the Bible, moreover, render the words asherah and asherim as “grove” or “wood.”

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  • And even Asherah, who seems to have been understood as the female consort of the male deity Yahweh, is somewhat more complicated, since the term seems to denote a cultic object in the Bible, and in the famous drawing from Kuntillet`Ajrud in Samaria there is a reference to "Yahweh and his asherah", and the use of a possessive pronoun on a personal name would be all but unprecedented, if I'm not mistaken.

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  • On the discovery of Deuteron - omy, one portion of the Law, Josiah in 621 B.C. cleared the temple of altars, asherah, and prostitutes (Peters, p. 259).


  • Cruel god of a horde of nomadic invaders settling in a land of farmers, he had his images, ranging in elaboration from an uncut mazzebah or asherah, to a golden bull.

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  • First, with ten of his servants, he overthrew the altars of Baal and cut down the asherah which was upon it, and then blew the trumpet of alarm, and the people flocked to his standard on the crest of Mount

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  • The LXX. have rendered asherah in 2 Chr. 15: 16 by "Astarte."

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  • Heb. ` asherah, properly a wooden image, or a pillar representing Ashtoreth, a sensual Canaanitish goddess, probably usually set up in a grove (2 Kings 21: 7; 23: 4).

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