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Who is Asherah?


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March 30, 2014 6:53PM


Asherah was the Hebrew goddess of fertility. There is some evidence that in the Iron Age II period prior to the Babylonian Exile, she was regarded as the consort of Yahweh (God).

Jewish answer:

Asherah was part of the Canaanite idolatry (Deuteronomy ch.12), forbidden to the Israelites (ibid). There were some Israelites who strayed after it (1 Kings 16:33), while others strove to prevent this (Judges ch.6, 1 Kings ch.18, 2 Kings ch.18 and ch.23).