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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For instance, one such revision involving a thorough omission likely concerned the goddess Asherah, the wife of Yahweh, whose ostensible importance to the earlier religion of the ancient Hebrews is still echoed by some biblical passages, and especially in the idea of a holy tree, which persevered in the temple of Jerusalem until the reign of the pious monarch Josiah (2 Kgs 23:6, 14).
Jala's mantras for healing and releasing grief are largely sung in Gurbani, a Sikh term that means "words of the guru" or "songs of the guru." One notable exception is the opening track, "Blue Lotus Feet (Asherah)," which begins with a chant to the Divine Mother in English and ends with a dreamlike, slow-motion Hebrew chant to the goddess of Heaven and fertility in an ancient Semitic religion.
(42.) We can assume that something similar was the case with El's spouse, Asherah. Cf.
However, the lack of onomastica does not always reflect religious devotion since prominent deities like Asherah do not appear in Ugaritic theophoric names.
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.
6.25-23) 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.
Zehava, though, is already occupied by aliens who refuse to share their world with human "animals." 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.