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Hebrew: אֲשֵׁרָה —transliteration: Asherah or 'asherah —meaning: a goddess of this name or an image of her
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 were often set up in a grove (2 Kings 21:7; 23:4) or a high place.
“They set for themselves sacred pillars and Asherim on every high hill and under every green tree,” —2 Kings 17:10 NASB
And he [King Josiah] tore down the cubicles of the male cult prostitutes which were in the house of the Lord, where the women were weaving hangings [or dresses] for the Asherah. —2 Kings 23:7 NASB
He [King Josiah] also smashed to pieces the memorial stones and cut down the Asherim, and filled their places with human bones. —2 Kings 23:14 NASB
Now on the same night the Lord said to him [Gideon], “Take your father’s bull and a second bull seven years old, and tear down the altar of Baal which belongs to your father, and cut down the Asherah that is beside it; —Judges 6:25 NASB
Idolaters considered the cutting down of an Asherah worthy of the death penalty:
Then the men of the city [Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites] said to Joash, “Bring out your son, that he may die, for he has torn down the altar of Baal, and indeed, he has cut down the Asherah which was beside it.” —Judges 6:30 NASB
In the Revised King James Version, the word “Asherah” was introduced as a proper noun, the name of the wooden symbol of the goddess, with the plurals Asherim (Exodus 34:13 NASB) and Asheroth (Judges 3:13 NASB).
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