Asherah אשׁרה
(4,417 words)

I. Name

The Hebrew term ʾăšêrâ, ʾăšērâ, seems to be used in two senses in the Bible, as a cultic object (asherah) and as a divine name (Asherah).

It is the presence of possibly cognate words in other Semitic languages, where goddesses are frequently understood to be denoted, that has raised interesting questions for the interpretation of the OT references, and the linguistic problems are now compounded by the inscriptions of Khirbet el Qom and…

Cite this page
N. Wyatt, “Asherah אשׁרה”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 15 January 2019 <>

▲   Back to top   ▲