[b-hebrew] Explain translation of "Asherah" as "grove" in 2Kings 23.7?

Slade Henson derechim at pensys.net
Wed Jul 14 05:23:43 EDT 2004

Could it have anything to do with the Bride of YHVH -- Israel?

-- slade

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Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Explain translation of "Asherah" as "grove" in
2Kings 23.7?

Dear Peter,

>>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.

HH: I think there are a couple of such inscriptions, and Kitchen 
seemed fairly confident that such was the interpretation. But he 
agreed with Peter that this was the sort of aberrant Yahwism that a 
king like Josiah was bent on stamping out.

				    Harold Holmyard

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