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Asherah

[uh-sheer-uh]
noun, plural A·she·rim [uh-sheer-im] /əˈʃɪər ɪm/, A·she·rahs for 2.
  1. an ancient Semitic goddess, sometimes identified with Ashtoreth and Astarte, worshiped by the Phoenicians and Canaanites.
  2. any of various upright wooden objects serving as a sacred symbol of Asherah.
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Examples from the Web for asherim

Historical Examples

  • With soft speech they seduced him into the worship of Asherim.

    The Expositor's Bible

    F. W. Farrar

  • Micah also prophesies against the "pillars" and "Asherim" (v. 13, 14).

    Bible Studies

    Joseph M. Wheeler

  • And if not, where is the appropriateness of the words "When they remember their sons, their altars, and their Asherim?"

  • Asherim seem to be upright wooden stocks of trees in honour of the Nature-goddess Asheroth.

  • The real form was doubtless an "Asherim," a modified palm-tree, as we have already shown.


Word Origin and History for asherim

asherah

n.

1863, wooden pillar used as symbol of Canaanite goddess Ashera, of unknown origin.

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