Bible Articles on the Topic of Asherim

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In the Old Testament the Heb. word is used to denote both the name of the Canaanite goddess, well-known from the Ugaritic texts, and also a wooden cult-object that was her symbol.


a-shē ́ra, ash ́er-im (אשׁרה, ‘ăshērāh; ἄλσος, álsos, mistranslated “grove” in the King James Version, after the Septuagint and Vulgate):

Ashtoreth; Astarte; Astoreth

ash ́to-reth, ash-tō reth (עשׁתּרת, ‛ashtōreth; plural עשׁתּרות, ‛ashtārōth; Ἀσταρτῆ, Astartḗ):


im ́ā̇j-iz (צלם, celem; εἰκών, eikō̇n):


Asherah (/ˈæʃərə/; Hebrew: אֲשֵׁרָה), in Semitic mythology, is a mother goddess who appears in a number of ancient sources. She appears in Akkadian writings by the name of Ashratum/Ashratu, and in Hittite as Asherdu(s) or Ashertu(s) or Aserdu(s) or Asertu(s). Asherah is generally considered identical with the Ugaritic goddess ʼAṯirat.

Queen of heaven (antiquity)

Queen of Heaven was a title given to a number of ancient sky goddesses in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East, in particular Anat, Isis, Inanna, Astarte, Hera and possibly Asherah (by the prophet Jeremiah). Elsewhere, Nordic Frigg also bore this title. In Greco-Roman times Hera, and her Roman aspect Juno bore this title. Forms and content of worship varied. In modern times, the title “Queen of Heaven” is still used by contemporary pagans to refer to the Great Goddess, while Catholics and Orthodox Christians now apply the ancient pagan title to Mary, the mother of Jesus.