- A goddess worshipped by the Canaanite predecessors of the Israelites to whom they were sometimes tempted to return. She was a mother-goddess and is mentioned in the Ras Shamra tablets, and images possibly representing her on a sacred pole are ordered to be destroyed by force in Deut. 12:3. Queen Jezebel encouraged her cult in the northern kingdom (1 Kgs. 18:19) as did Manasseh in the south (2 Kgs. 21:7). In popular religion denounced by the prophets (Mic. 5:12–13). Asherah was sometimes regarded as Yahweh's consort, whereas Yahweh of the official religion was not regarded as a sexual being.
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Asherah — (from Hebrew אשרה), generally taken as identical with the Ugaritic goddess Athirat (more accurately transcribed as Unicode|ʼAUnicode|ṯirat), was a major northwest Semitic mother goddess, appearing occasionally also in Akkadian sources as… … Wikipedia
ASHERAH — (Heb. אֲשֵׁרָה), in the Bible both a Canaanite goddess and a wooden cult object. The Goddess A Canaanite fertility and mother goddess. Asherah is now well known from the Ugaritic texts, where she is called rabbatu atiratu yammi ( Lady Athirat of… … Encyclopedia of Judaism
asherah — 1863, wooden pillar used as symbol of Canaanite goddess Ashera, of unknown origin … Etymology dictionary
Asherah — Ashera Asherah (de l hébreu אשרה), est une déesse qui semble avoir été liée au culte de YHWH avant 600. Elle était peut être révérée comme son épouse. Sommaire 1 Les sources 2 Interprétations 2.1 Pour la Bible 2.2 … Wikipédia en Français
Asherah — /euh shear euh/, n., pl. Asherim /euh shear im/, 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… … Universalium
Asherah — 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… … Easton's Bible Dictionary
asherah — ashe·rah … English syllables
Asherah — Alternative spelling of Aserah and Asherat in Babylonian myth. See also Ashtart … Who’s Who in non-classical mythology
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Asherah pole — An Asherah pole is a sacred tree or pole that stood near Canaanite religious locations to honor the Ugaritic mother goddess Asherah. [ Nelson s Compact Illustrated Bible Dictionary , pp. 25 26, Thomas Nelson Publishers (1964), ISBN 0 8407 5636 5… … Wikipedia