Asherah (Uh-shihr´uh)

A Canaanite goddess, the wife of El according to Ugaritic tradition, but the consort of Baal in Palestine; she is sometimes identified with Anat or Astarte. Asherah also refers to a cult object (carved from wood or formed as a pole) thought to represent the goddess. The Baal temple at Samaria had an asherah (1Kgs 16:33), and they were, in general, common in places of worship in ancient Israel (1Kgs 14:23; 2Kgs 18:4). Both the cult of the goddess and the use of the cultic object are persistently opposed in Israel’s literature (Mic 5:12-13; Deut 16:21).

1Kgs 16:33

33Ahab also made a sacred pole. Ahab did more to provoke the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, than had all the kings of Israel who were before him.

1Kgs 14:23

23For they also built for themselves high places, pillars, and sacred poles on every high hill and under every green tree;

2Kgs 18:4

4He removed the high places, broke down the pillars, and cut down the sacred pole. He broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those da ... View more

Mic 5:12-13

12and I will cut off sorceries from your hand,
and you shall have no more soothsayers;13and I will cut off your images
and your pillars from among you,
and you ... View more

Deut 16:21

Forbidden Forms of Worship
21You shall not plant any tree as a sacred pole beside the altar that you make for the Lord your God;

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