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[uh-sheer-uh] /əˈʃɪər ə/
noun, plural Asherim
[uh-sheer-im] /əˈʃɪər ɪm/ (Show IPA),
Asherahs for 2.
an ancient Semitic goddess, sometimes identified with Ashtoreth and Astarte, worshiped by the Phoenicians and Canaanites.
any of various upright wooden objects serving as a sacred symbol of Asherah. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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1863, wooden pillar used as symbol of Canaanite goddess Ashera, of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Asherah in the Bible

and pl. Asherim in Revised Version, instead of "grove" and "groves" of the Authorized 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 (Ex. 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," R.V.). (See GROVE ØT0001556 [1].).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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