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The Cult of Asherah in Ancient Israel and Judah

The Cult of Asherah in Ancient Israel and Judah
Evidence for a Hebrew Goddess

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  • Date Published: June 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521662352

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  • Judith Hadley deploys recent archaeological discoveries, alongside biblical material and nonbiblical inscriptions, to examine the evidence for the worship of Asherah as the partner of God in the Bible. She asks how Israelites construed the relationship between "Yahweh and his Asherah," and whether in fact the term referred to an object of worship rather than a female deity. This is a well-crafted study that promises to make a significant contribution to the debate about the exact nature of Asherah and her significance in pre-exilic Israel and Judah.

    • Author investigates a wealth of material - biblical, non-biblical and iconographic - to consider the cult of Asherah
    • Much controversy in biblical and religious studies about this subject and this will open up the debate
    • Well-written and accessibly argued text which will appeal to scholars from across the discplines of religious studies/biblical studies/Near East studies
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...Hadley explains her material in a clear, ordered fashion accesible to anyone with genereal knowledge of the field." Christine E. Gudorf, Journal of the American Academy of Religion

    "Hadley's critical command of previous studies is impressive; there are over six hundred items in her bibliography, most of which are cited within the text. Her greatest strength, however, lies in her personally revisiting virtually every previously published item germane to the discussion, checking out adventitious cracks and marks in inscriptions for possible earlier misinterpretations, and examinating graffiti for the sequence strokes, overlays, and interrelationships." The Catholic Biblical Quaterly 2001

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521662352
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 158 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. An introduction to Asherah
    2. The Goddess Athirat
    3. Asherah in the Bible
    4. Inscription no 3 from Khirbet el-Qom
    5. The finds from Kuntillet 'Ajrud
    6. Other related finds
    7. Female figurines
    8. Summary of conclusions.

  • Author

    Judith M. Hadley, Villanova University, Pennsylvania

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