Asherah

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August 19, 2022

Asherah is a Semitic mother goddess who was widely worshiped in Syria and Palestine. Asherah is Dagon's wife and Baal's mother. Ashera appears in numerous ancient writings, such as in Akkadian texts as Ashratum/Ašratu and in Hittite sources as Asherdu/Ashertu. Ashera is generally considered to be the same goddess as the Ugaritic (Canaanite) goddess ʼAṯirat, and in Ugaritic sources her consort was Ēl. According to Middle Eastern archeologist William G. Dever, Asherah was considered the consort of Yahweh in the pre-exilic religion of the Israelites. On the Sinai Peninsula, oyster machines have been found that mention "Yahweh of Teman and his Asherah" and "Yahweh of Samaria and his Asherah".

In the Bible

The Old Testament mentions the Asherah 37 times ("aserah pole" or "aserah pole" according to different translations), for example knock down their altars, smash their statues, knock down their asherah poles and burn their idols in the fire. (Deuteronomy 7:5). In the Old Testament asera refers not only to the goddess, but also to the sculpture representing her.

Sources

On topic elsewhere

Asera. Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki. Jaana Holvikivi: Yahweh and his Asherah[obsolete link]. 15.3.2003.