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Bibil Identifier bibil:218880
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Cultic Identity of Asherah in Deuteronomistic Ideology of Israel
Author Park, Sung Jin
Journal Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (Volume: 123, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 553-564 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article examines three issues concerning the cultic identity of Asherah: 1) Was she represented by a living tree or a wooden object? 2) Was she conceived as the goddess or the cultic object in the religious context of ancient Israel? 3) Is there any significant difference among the three grammatical forms: ʾašerah, ʾašerôt and ʾašerîm? The evidence in favor of Asherah as a wooden object is the weightiest in the Bible. ʾašerîm (the masculine plural form) clearly refers to the cult objects at the high places, while ʾašerah (the singular form) can occur everywhere, in a temple setting or at the high places. ʾašerôt (the feminine plural form) emphasizes the femininity of the goddess in association with the male deity, Baal. From this it can be inferred that the Israelites considered Asherah as a consort of Baal according to the Deuteronomistic anti-Asherah ideology that influenced the later period of the Monarchy.
DOI 10.1515/ZAW.2011.036
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Ashera
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Historical Traditions : Deuteronomist
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