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Asherah

… and plural Asherim in Revised Version, instead of “grove” and “groves” of the King James Version

This was the name of a sensual Canaanitish goddess Astarte, the feminine of the Assyrian Ishtar.

Its symbol was the stem of a tree deprived of its boughs, and rudely shaped into an image, and planted in the ground. Such religious symbols (“groves”) are frequently alluded to in Scripture (Exodus 34:13; Judg. 6:25; 2 Kings 23:6; 1 Kings 16:33, etc.). These images were also sometimes made of silver or of carved stone (2 Kings 21:7; “the graven image of Asherah,” Revised Version).

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