[b-hebrew] Purim

Sevillano Hispalis sevillanomail at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 16 12:29:52 EDT 2012

But what is the name of the ancient caananite goddess?

I see you all indentify the word "ashera" with 

Ashtaret/Ashtarot/Ashtarté/Astart/Athirat/Ishtar ...

Has the word "ashera" been found anywhere out of the 

hebraic bible?

Thank you for your responses
David Sevilla

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David Sevilla:
The traditional analysis of the meaning of "Asher", based on the explicit pun set forth at Genesis 30: 13, is correct.  The early Hebrew author of the Patriarchal narratives had no interest whatsoever in the pagan goddess Ashera, and had no reason to name one of Jacob's sons after a pagan goddess, nor was Ashera important in Naharim, where Asher is portrayed as being born.
Since Asher is born in the heart of Hurrianland, there may be a secondary pun in Hurrian.  )$-xu means "high, upward" in Hurrian, and in Hurrian,instead of the suffix -xu, which literally means "coming from", one could substitute the comitative suffix -ra, which means "together with".  The Hurrian meaning of )$-ra is somewhat similar to the meaning of the Hebrew common word )$R.  Many of the names of Jacob's sons born in Naharim in the heart of Hurrianland can be viewed as having certain secondary elements that are redolent of the Hurrian locale of their birth.  Although Nahor's descendants are not ethnic Hurrians, Leah and Rachel likely had native proficiency speaking Hurrian, since most of their neighbors spoke Hurrian.
Jim Stinehart
Evanston, Illinois 

whats the meaning of the name Asher?  Does it mean "happy" as I have read? Thank you very much
David Sevilla

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whats the meaning of the name Asher?  Does it mean "happy" as I have read? Thank you very much
David Sevilla
Spain.  Isaac, During a brief speech at my son's brit mila on Taanit Esther 2003 at the
Eldridge Street Synagogue on the Lower East Side, I raised that very issue:
the distinct possibility (and I suspect probability) that Asher was the
masculine counterpart of Canaanite Ashera (Ashtoret/Ishtar/Esther). It's
certainly interesting that the traditional symbol of the Tribe of Asher is
a tree. What made it especially fun is that members of my very frum family in the
pews stared at me aghast as if I'd just landed from Mars. Uzi Silber
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