God’s Wife Asherah

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Asherah (/ˈæʃərə/; Ugaritic: 𐎀𐎘𐎗𐎚 : ‚ṯrt; Hebrew: אֲשֵׁרָה‎), in Semitic mythology, is a mother goddess who appears in a number of ancient sources. She appears in Akkadian writings by the name of Ashratum/Ashratu, and in Hittite as Asherdu(s) or Ashertu(s) or Aserdu(s) orAsertu(s). Asherah is generally considered identical with the Ugaritic goddess ʼAṯirat.

Asherah is identified as the consort of the Sumerian god Anu and Ugaritic El, the oldest deities of their respective pantheons. This role gave her a similarly high rank in the Ugaritic pantheon. The name Dione, which like ‚Elat means „Goddess“, is clearly associated with Asherah in the Phoenician History of Sanchuniathon, because the same common epithet (‚Elat) of „the Goddess par excellence“ was used to describe her at Ugarit. The Book of Jeremiah, written…

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