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

Jonathan D. Safren yonsaf at beitberl.ac.il
Wed Jul 14 12:45:10 EDT 2004

What was referred to in the Kuntillet Ajrud Inscription as a "male organ is
a tail; both the YHWH figure and his asherah have tails. They're in the
wrong position to be male organs.
What's more, the asherah figure has breasts.
asherah is best translated as "spouse".
Kuntillet Ajrud may or may not have been outside the Israelite settlement
area; but YHWH is called "YHWH of Samaria", meaning that Israelites
worshipped there.
Jonathan D. Safren, Editor
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Peter Kirk" <peterkirk at qaya.org>
To: "Jack Kilmon" <jkilmon at historian.net>
Cc: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2004 3:56 PM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Explain translation of "Asherah" as "grove" in

> On 14/07/2004 14:31, Jack Kilmon wrote:
> > ...
> >
> >You are referring to the Kuntillet Ajrud and Khirbet el Qom inscriptions.
> >
> >http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/MSmith_BiblicalMonotheism.htm
> >
> >http://www.bibleorigins.net/KuntilletAjrudArticle.html
> >
> >
> >
> Thank you, Jack. But if the picture at
> http://www.bibleorigins.net/KuntilletAjrudYahwehAsherah.html is of
> Yahweh and his wife, why are both figures so obviously male? Well, the
> second one may have breasts as well as a male organ, but is this normal
> for Asherah?
> And since when is a final HE in an inscription "in Hebrew" translated as
> "his" rather than "her"?
> -- 
> Peter Kirk
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