[b-hebrew] Explain translation of "Asherah" as "grove" in2Kings23.7?

Jack Kilmon jkilmon at historian.net
Wed Jul 14 14:43:59 EDT 2004


Asherah continued to be "special" to women up to the 1st century.  I have a
statuette of her from the late 2nd temple period.  I recommend:
The Cult of Asherah in Ancient Israel and Judah: Evidence for a Hebrew
Goddess.  Judith M. Hadley
The Hebrew Goddess by Raphael Patai.

Like any subject that relates to perceptions of the nature of God, the
consort of YHWH is the subject of debate among scholars.

Jack

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jonathan D. Safren" <yonsaf at beitberl.ac.il>
To: "Peter Kirk" <peterkirk at qaya.org>; "Jack Kilmon" <jkilmon at historian.net>
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Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2004 11:45 AM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Explain translation of "Asherah" as "grove"
in2Kings23.7?


> 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.
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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
> 2Kings23.7?
>
>
> > 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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