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]
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Estudie el espiritu, el aire, el agua, el fuego, la altura, la profundidad, el oriente, el occidente, el norte, y el mediodia (20); y llegue casi a comprender y aun a conocer intimamente a Satan, Lucifer, Ashtaroth, Beelzebuth, Asmodeo, Belphegor, Nahema, Lilith, Adrammeleh y Baal (21).
Ashtaroth, the plural form of the goddess's name in Hebrew, became a general term denoting goddesses and paganism.
All Milton's learning comes into play as he portrays the exodus of the pagan deities at the birth of Christ: Peor and Baalim Forsake their Temples dim, With that twice-batter'd god of Palestine, and mooned Ashtaroth Heav'n's Queen and Mother both, Now sits not girt with Tapers' holy shine, The Libyc Hammon shrinks his horn, In vain the Tyrian Maids their wounded Thammuz mourn.