[b-hebrew] Explain translation of Asherah as grove in 2Kings23.7?

leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Wed Jul 14 04:52:15 EDT 2004

Actually, Peter, the text "to YHWH and his Asherah" has been found in
several iscriptions, in Sinai and in Israel. But you're right that a. the
reading is debated, and b. that we have no way of really knowing how
widespread the idea of YHWH having a consort was. It's certainly contrary
to any of the biblical authors.


Original Message:
From: Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2004 09:34:14 +0100
To: villandra at austin.rr.com, b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Explain translation of "Asherah" as "grove" in

On 14/07/2004 07:20, Dora Smith wrote:

>Asherah was the wife of Yahweh. ...

Not in the Bible, where such a thought would be just as repugnant and 
detestable as temple prostitution. As I understand it, this idea is 
based on a disputable interpretation of a single inscription from 
outside the land of Israel. Some people had strange religious ideas 
then, as now, but you should quote as unqualified fact neither 
everything you read on the Internet nor everything you read on one-off 
ancient inscriptions.

Peter Kirk
peter at qaya.org (personal)
peterkirk at qaya.org (work)

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