#The pagan cult of the Asherah hints at possible negative aspects in the nature
#The Canaanites of Phoenican Sidon worshipped at the Asherah and their territory
was within the region of Asher.
#The Asherah cult involved trees.
#Both the pagan Asherah cult and uncouthness need to be extirpated.
Concerning The Tribe of Asher and the co-joining with Asterah ; I think that you
are over grasping here. The Asterah phallic religion was a part of Baal Worship
that was introduced thru Nimrod and all of the falsehoods he enforced. Just
because the two names sound somewhat alike, doesn't mean they are interrelated.
You are mixing apples and pine cones.
Brit-Am Reply: We were quoting from Fishel Mael. We only gave the bare outlines of what
Rabbi Fishel had written.
Perhaps when his words are seen in context and his complete exposition
represented the suggested link Asher-Asherah will be understood as more
The cult of Asherah was associated with the moon, with trees, fertility, and
the goddess Asherah.
The goddess Asherah was also known as Astarte. In Mesopotamia she was identified
with Inanna. In Scandinavia they also also worshipped Inanna under the same
Bede mentions the Angl-Saxon goddess known as Eostre.
All of the Israelites worshipped Canaanite deities. The Tribe of Asher was among
them.The Ten Tribes were exiled due to their pagan practices:
Cf. The description of the Ten Tribes and the sins that lead to their exile by
7 For so it was that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their
God, who had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of
Pharaoh king of Egypt; and they had feared other gods, 8 and had walked in the
statutes of the nations whom the LORD had cast out from before the children of
Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made. 9 Also the children of
Israel secretly did against the LORD their God things that were not right, and
they built for themselves high places in all their cities, from watchtower to
10 They set up for themselves sacred pillars and wooden images[ Hebrew: Asherim]
on every high hill and under every green tree.
11 There they burned incense on all the high places, like the nations whom the
LORD had carried away before them; and they did wicked things to provoke the
LORD to anger, 12 for they served idols, of which the LORD had said to them,
'You shall not do this thing.'
13 Yet the LORD testified against Israel and against Judah, by all of His
prophets, every seer, saying, 'Turn from your evil ways, and keep My
commandments and My statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your
fathers, and which I sent to you by My servants the prophets.' 14 Nevertheless
they would not hear, but stiffened their necks, like the necks of their fathers,
who did not believe in the LORD their God. 15 And they rejected His statutes and
His covenant that He had made with their fathers, and His testimonies which He
had testified against them; they followed idols, became idolaters, and went
after the nations who were all around them, concerning whom the LORD had charged
them that they should not do like them.
16 So they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, made for themselves
a molded image and two calves, made a wooden image [Hebrew: Asherah] and
worshiped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.
17 And they caused their sons and daughters to pass through the fire, practiced
witchcraft and soothsaying, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the
LORD, to provoke Him to anger. 18 Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel,
and removed them from His sight; there was none left but the tribe of Judah
Here in 2-Kings 17:10 we find a mention of Asherim translated as "wooden
In 2-Kings 17:16 we find an Asherah translated as wooden image.
The word "Asher" is from a root meaning happiness.
Fishel Mael points out that the sons of the Maidservants, Bilhah (Dan and
Naphtali), and Zilpah (Asher and Gad) were blessed with a natural innate
This would have been especially pronounced with Asher whose very name expressed
In Hebrew every name has a meaning which is believed to express an intrinsic
characteristic of what is named.
it is easy to see how the fertility pagan cult of the naked goddess Asherah
could have involved what they imagined to be "a happy experience" for some of
It is also understandable that the quality of being happy could take a negative
direction once negativity had set in.
2. Jeremie Hongerloot from France
Appreciated Identification with Reuben. "Bonjour Monsieur. I wanted to commend you for all your research on the
modern descendants of Israel. I appreciate your info on the tribe of Ruben. My
father is from France originaly, so I can relate to many of the characteristics
of the French/Rubenites that you mention in your book. Best wishes"
3. THE TRIBE OF ASHER IN IRELAND.
Rewritten, New Information.
Veneti and Feni in Gaul and Ireland
The Invasions of Ireland.
Asher and the Vikings in Ireland.
ASHER MEANS HAPPINESS!
The Warriors of Asher.
The Relative Inter-Tribal Geographical Position of Asher.
ASHER AMONGST THE SCOTCH IRISH?