Asher @ happy, Jacob's eigth son; his mother was Zilpah, Leah's handmaid Genesis:30:13). Of the tribe founded by him nothing is recorded beyond its holding a place in the list of the tribes (35:26; 46:17; Exodus:1:4, etc.) It increased in numbers twenty-nine percent, during the thirty-eight years' wanderings. The place of this tribe during the march through the desert was between Dan and Naphtali Numbers:2:27). The boundaries of the inheritance given to it, which contained some of the richest soil in Palestine, and the names of its towns, are recorded in Joshua:19:24-31; Judges:1:31-32. Asher and Simeon were the only tribes west of the Jordan which furnished no hero or judge for the nation. Anna the prophetess was of this tribe Luke:2:36).
Asherah @ and pl. Asherim in Revised Version, instead of "grove" and "groves" of the Authorized Version. This was the name of a sensual Canaanitish goddess Astarte, the feminine of the Assyrian Ishtar. Its symbol was the stem of a tree deprived of its boughs, and rudely shaped into an image, and planted in the ground. Such religious symbols ("groves") are frequently alluded to in Scripture Exodus:34:13; Judges:6:25; 2Kings:23:6; kjvKings:16:33, etc.). These images were also sometimes made of silver or of carved stone ( 2Kings:21:7; "the graven image of Asherah," R.V.). (See GROVE .).
ASHER @ - Apocrypha and New Testament, A’ser (blessed), the eighth son of Jacob, by Zilpah, Leah’s handmaid. Genesis:30:13) (B.C. 1753.) The general position of his tribe was on the seashore from Carmel northward with Manasseh on the south, Zebulun and Issachar on the southeast, and Naphtali on the north-east. Joshua:19:24-31Joshua:17:10-11) and Judg 1:31-32 They possessed the maritime portion of the rich plain of Esdraelon;, probably for a distance of 8 or 10 miles from the shore. This territory contained some of the richest soil in all Palestine.
ASHER @ - a place which formed one boundary of the tribe of Manasseh on the south. Joshua:17:7) Mr. Porter suggests that Teyasir may be the Asher of Manasseh. Handbook , p.348.
ASHERAH@ - (straight), the name of a Phoenician goddess, or rather of the idol itself (Authorized Version "grove"). Asherah is closely connected with ASHTORETH and her worship, Judges:3:7) comp. Judg 2:3; 6:25; 1Kin 18:19 Ashtoreth being, perhaps, the proper name of the goddess, whilst Asherah is the name of her image or symbol, which was of wood. See Judges:6:25-30; 2Kings:23:14)
ASHERITES @ - descendants of Asher, and members of his tribe. Judges:1:32)