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Cult of Asherah in Ancient Israel and Judah

Evidence for a Hebrew Goddess

Cult of Asherah in Ancient Israel and Judah

Evidence for a Hebrew Goddess

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£114.00

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521662352
Number of Pages: 284
Published: 09/06/2000
Width: 15.8 cm
Height: 23.6 cm
Recent archaeological discoveries have encouraged scholars to reinvestigate the Israelite religion. In this book, Judith Hadley uses these discoveries, alongside biblical material and non-biblical inscriptions, to examine the evidence for the worship of Asherah as the partner of God in the Bible. By investigating the Khirbet al-Qom and Kuntillet 'Ajrud inscriptions, for example, where the phrase 'Yahweh and his Asherah' is frequently in evidence, the author asks what the ancient Israelites meant by this, how they construed the relationship between Yahweh and Asherah, and whether in fact the term actually referred to an object of worship rather than to a goddess. The author also evaluates more recent scholarship to substantiate her conclusions. This is a detailed and brilliant study which promises to make a significant contribution to the ongoing debate about the exact nature of Asherah and her significance in pre-exilic Israel and Judah.

Judith M. Hadley (Villanova University, Pennsylvania)

'An excellent work, the best of the half-dozen works on Asherah available in English.' Expository Times

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