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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.
..... Click the link for more information. . 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.
..... Click the link for more information. . She was worshiped at various local shrines. There are several references to her in the Bible.
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Canaanite deities worshiped profanely by Israelites. [O.T.: Judges 2:12]
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