Asherah


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Asherah

(ăsh`ərə) or

Asheroth

(-rŏth), Canaanite fertility goddess and the wooden cult symbol that represented her. She is the consort of El in the Ugaritic texts. Several passages in the Bible may refer to the planting of a tree as a symbol of Asherah, or the setting up of a wooden object as an asherah—the Hebrew words for "tree" and "wood" are the same.

Asherah

mother of the gods; counterpart of Gaea. [Canaanite Myth.: Benét, 57]
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Ajrud inscriptions and the Khirbet el-Qom blessing as indications that some Israelites worshiped female deities like Asherah.
Jezebel is a queen in a Biblical story that says she incited her husband, King Ahab, to abandon the worship of God and encouraged the worship of Baal and Asherah instead.
Though pagan mythologies of ancient religions are replete with numerous examples of dangerous and seductive women like Roman goddess Diana, Cybele, Ashtoreth, Inanna, Asherah, Ishtar, and Hathor, Fauna, Medusa, Pandora, Harpies, Sirens and Furies and the like, they are hardly demonized and denigrated in the way the transgressive women are portrayed in the Christian and the Biblical mythologies and their interpretations, as well as in the literature, after Christianization.
Gods tended to have a female consort and the goddess Asherah was recognized as the partner of YHWH.
And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of the Lord all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the Asherah, and for all the host of heaven; and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields [shadmot] of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Beth-el (II Kgs.
Among his topics are the God of Israel and his name, how Yhwh became the God of Israel, the entrance of Yhwh into Jerusalem, the cult of Yhwh in Judah, Yhwh and his Asherah, the fall of Samaria and the rise of Judah, and from one God to the only God.
In a temple in Jerusalem, in a house belonged to sacred prostitutes, particular customs were performed to celebrate Asherah, Canaan goddess of fertility (17).
25-23) the Lord bids Gideon tear down his father's altar to Baal, rip up his father's Asherah (a wooden stake with the image of a Canaanite goddess), and then slaughter his father's bull (very valuable, of course) as a burnt offering on a pyre made from the Asherah; a bold and worthy exploit for an Israelite.
She convinces the king to worship Baal and Asherah and kill Yahweh's prophets, see 1 Kings 16: 31-33; 1 Kings 18: 4; 21.
The Bible says that in the presence of 450 prophets of Baal, 400 prophets of Asherah and before other people whose faith were wavering as to whether to follow Baal or the God of Elijah - the prophet Elijah challenged the Baal-Asherah, prophets to call on their god.
In addition, life on the spaceship Asherah has grown dangerous; the Council insists on adherence to traditional laws and customs, like enforced marriage and childbearing, but rebels are rioting for more freedom.