Ashtaroth


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Ashtaroth

(ăsh`tərŏth), Hebrew plural form of Ashtoreth, the name of the Canaanite fertility goddess and consort of BaalBaal
, plural Baalim
[Semitic,=master, lord], name used throughout the Bible for the chief deity or for deities of Canaan. The term was originally an epithet applied to the storm god Hadad.
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. Her name is vocalized in Greek as AstarteAstarte
, Semitic goddess of fertility and love. She was the most important goddess of the Phoenicians and corresponds to the Babylonian Ishtar and the Greek Aphrodite. She took a dominant place in Middle Eastern religions, and the Jews strictly forbade use of her name.
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. She was worshiped at various local shrines. There are several references to her in the Bible.

Ashtaroth

Canaanite deities worshiped profanely by Israelites. [O.T.: Judges 2:12]