אשרה

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Hebrew[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Root
א־שׁ־ר

From אישר(to authorize, confirm, permit)

Noun[edit]

אַשְׁרָה ('ashráf (plural indefinite אַשְׁרוֹת‎, singular construct אַשְׁרַת־‎)

  1. a visa, a permit

Related terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Cognate with Ugaritic 𐎀𐎘𐎗𐎚 (ảṯrt)

Proper noun[edit]

אֲשֵׁרָה ('asheráf (plural indefinite אֲשֵׁרִים‎)

  1. the goddess Asherah
    • Deuteronomy 16:21, with translation of the New International Version:
      לֹֽא־תִטַּע לְךָ אֲשֵׁרָה כָּל־עֵץ אֵצֶל מִזְבַּח יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ אֲשֶׁר תַּעֲשֶׂה־לָּֽךְ׃‎‎
      Do not set up any wooden Asherah pole beside the altar you build to the LORD your God,
    • 2 Kings 17:10, with translation of the New International Version:
      וַיַּצִּבוּ לָהֶם מַצֵּבֹות וַאֲשֵׁרִים עַל כָּל־גִּבְעָה גְבֹהָה וְתַחַת כָּל־עֵץ רַעֲנָֽן׃‎‎
      They set up sacred stones and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In the Bible, usually the wooden symbols of the goddess Asherah.