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BATR no.5
Brit-Am Tribal Researches
26 September 2011, 27 Elul 5771.

1. "Pastor Jack" Objects to Asher-Asherah Linkage!
2. Jeremie Hongerloot from France Appreciated Identification with Reuben.
3. THE TRIBE OF ASHER IN IRELAND. Rewritten, New Information.


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1. "Pastor Jack" Objects to Asher-Asherah Linkage!

Characteristics of the Tribe of Asher
Bare Outlines from the work of Fishel Mael
It was said:

#The pagan cult of the Asherah hints at possible negative aspects in the nature of Asher.
#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.
Jack Harrow

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 feasible?
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 name.
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 Assyria:

2-Kings 17:
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 fortified city.

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 alone.

Here in 2-Kings 17:10 we find a mention of Asherim translated as "wooden images".
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 happiness.
This would have been especially pronounced with Asher whose very name expressed this quality.
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 its participants.
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.
World-Wide Asher
Veneti and Feni in Gaul and Ireland
The Invasions of Ireland.
Asher and the Vikings in Ireland.
The Warriors of Asher.
The Relative Inter-Tribal Geographical Position of Asher.


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