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Meaning and etymology of the name Asher

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Asher is Jacob's son number eight and the second son of Jacob with Zilpah (Genesis 30:12-13). Asher's only full brother is named Gad (Genesis 30:9-11), and Ashers's sons are named Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi and Beriah. His daughter is named Serah (Genesis 46:17). Asher's descendants would form one of the twelve tribes of Israel and settle the northern portion of Israel's Mediterranean coast. There's also a town named Asher (Joshua 17:7)

The name Asher should not be confused with the name Asshur.

The name Asher comes from the Hebrew verb Asher (asher) meaning to go (straight) on, and probably because it's highly pleasing to progress, its derivations esher, ashar and osher mean happy or happiness (see Proverbs 9:6).

Apparently, the Canaanites found progressing so pleasing even that they adored a goddess with the same name: Asherah (Asherah, 1 Kings 15:13), often referred to by the plural Asheroth (Asheroth, Judges 3:7).

Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names and NOBS Study Bible Name List both read Happy.



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