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Asherah Goddess in Ugarit, Israel and the Old Testament by Tilder Binger

Asherah Goddess in Ugarit, Israel and the Old Testament

Part of the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement S. Series


Asherah Goddess in Ugarit, Israel and the Old Testament by Tilder Binger

A comprehensive discussion of texts concerning the goddess Asherah, as she is portrayed in texts from Ugarit (both epic and ritual texts, as well as the lists of sacrifices), Israel (the Khirbet el-Qom and Kuntillet Ajrud inscriptions) and the Old Testament. The main theses of the book are that two or more divinities carrying the same name but separated by several hundred years are not necessarily to be identified; that Asherah is probably not a name, but rather a title, carried by the main goddess in ancient Syria-Palestine; that the Asherah of the Old Testament and the Israelite texts was indeed the consort of Yahweh; and that the relationship between the text-groups discussed is of a nature that demands great caution, if one wishes to work comparatively with them.

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Tilde Binger lectures at the University of Copenhagen.

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Publication date

1st January 1997


Tilder Binger

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Sheffield Academic Press an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


192 pages





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