Asherah

/euh shear"euh/, n., pl. Asherim /euh shear"im/, Asherahs for 2.
1. an ancient Semitic goddess, sometimes identified with Ashtoreth and Astarte, worshiped by the Phoenicians and Canaanites.
2. any of various upright wooden objects serving as a sacred symbol of Asherah.

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▪ Semitic goddess
 ancient West Semitic goddess, consort of the supreme god. Her principal epithet was probably “She Who Walks on the Sea.” She was occasionally called Elath (El) (Elat), “the Goddess,” and may have also been called Qudshu, “Holiness.” According to texts from Ugarit (modern Ras Shamra, Syria), Asherah's consort was El, and by him she was the mother of 70 gods. As mother goddess she was widely worshiped throughout Syria and Palestine, although she was frequently paired with Baal, who often took the place of El; as Baal's consort, Asherah was usually given the name Baalat. Inscriptions from two locations in southern Palestine seem to indicate that she was also worshiped as the consort of Yahweh.

      The word asherah in the Old Testament was used not only in reference to the goddess herself but also to a wooden cult object associated with her worship.

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