What Is An Asherah Pole
What is an asherah pole? We read in the old testament of them being erected, pulled down and worshipped. Was asherah a person, a false god or something else? Where does scripture tell us what they were?
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---micha9344 on 5/1/13|
Had what I felt was a very important addition to this and actually also desperately needed advice but no matter what i do this site will not let me post so i guess i'm supposed to keep this to myself....and trust only my God for guidance.thanks anyway...
---Merry on 5/1/13|
The Biblical writers sometimes did not make a clear distinction between references to Asherah as a goddess and an object of worship. Drawings of plain and carved poles, staffs, a double ax, a tree stump, a headdress, for a priest. And several wooden images could be illustrations of an Asherah....Look in 2 Kings 13: 6, 17:16, 18:4, 21:3, and 23:6,15 have been interpreted as a definition of an Asherah as a wooden object constructed or destroyed by man.....Jezebel of Tyre installed Asherah was especially worship in the Northern Kingdom of Israel, when she married King Ahab [1 Kings 18:18-19]. The people built for themselves high places, and sacred pillars. note: The object stood upright and was used in the worship of a goddess of the same name.
---pat on 1/14/13|
I have some good information on this thing. I will try and give it to you, tomorrow. Here is some Scriptures for you. 1 Kings 18: 18-19, 2 Kings 13:6, 17:16.
---pat on 1/13/13|
Bible writings such as "do not make a graven image, etc." and try to "apply" them TODAY as "the way?" a civilization that is foreign to us, living in conditions we have no ability to fathom... they carved their l "idols" /images for security, of their Pagan Beliefs of NATURE gods etc.... THIS is what the TEXT is relating to! Human beings NEED security and reminders, they were FINDING security WRONG elements of the World... not in "invisible" God Biblical authors were writing to HELP them overcome their "addictions" ...to these gods, in order to help them learn association to the One True God! Humans need photos of loved ones, memorials are all over the Biblical text!
---Sandra_Lipari on 1/13/13|
The totem pole is a bit like the gargoyle really. There to frighten off the evil spirits.
More interestingly the Cheyenne believed in the sacred tree the giver of all life. That a man was judged by what he gave not what he owned. That when they died they went to the Milky Way.
At the centre of the Milky Way is a black hole.
Sorry a little off topic I know.
---chris on 5/11/12|
It's actually quite true. The "cross" and common Native American totem poles do resemble the Asherah pole in that it does remind people of a "sacred being" (Asherah). The pagans did not necessarily worship the pole, it did indeed remind them of their pagan gods. This is why images of the cross, totem poles, religious symbolism etc are unbiblical.
You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea.-Exodus 20:4
---Andrew on 5/1/12|
I am curious as to what it looks like.
---Vivi on 5/31/11|
I fully agree with Kelly. The Cross reminds of my Saviour and His sacrifice for me and also my commitment to take up my Cross. We worship neither the cross nor the steeple.
---Sukumar on 1/3/11|
Asheron poles are like totem poles? A totem pole is more like a family crest, not idol worship.
---musicmaker on 12/30/10|
I won't take your H & H quiz. This blog regarding the cross as an asherah pole is foolishness and how it's referred to as symbolizing a gun as well. The cross simply reminds people whether they are "Christ Followers" or not of what our God did for us. Sending us his only Son, Jesus Christ to die for our sins that bridges the gap between our uncleanliness and our Father God, so that we may have and share eternal life with God, ultimately having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and having the Holy Spirit live within us. I'm so sorry you are confused about this, misleading people on your blog. I like a lot of what you are sharing, but what you are sharing about the cross being some kind of asherah pole is blasphemy.
---Kelly on 7/28/10|
Asherah is the Hebrew word translated to English as "groves" in the OT. It relates to the Babylonian (Astarte)-Canaanite (Ashtoroth or Ashtoreth depending on which area) goddess of fortune, fertility and happiness, the supposed consort of Baal. It also implies the sacred trees or poles set up near an altar for "her" worship.
When Moses went back up Sinai to receive the replacement tablets--regarding the Canaanites (and others), God told him...
Ex 34:13 But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:
BTW: the "secular" UN has sanctioned "sacred groves" for certain forests located in Ghana and elsewhere.
---BruceB on 11/27/09|
Asherah pole, the origin of the Christmas tree? That's a stretch. " O Christmas tree" or " O Tannenbaum" is an old German secular Yuletide song "worshiping" nothing.
---Donna66 on 11/23/09|
I've wondered at times if Christmas trees are actually Asherah poles of a sort. And interestingly enough, the first three stanzas of the song "O Christmas Tree" are practically a hymn that worships the tree.
---JQ on 11/20/09|
The modern counterpart of the ancient ashurah poles is the poles used by pole dancers in strip clubs.this stems from the Ashurah poles which were used by female worshippers of the false deity in the same way.
---Bud on 8/30/09|
Asherah was a fake fertility goddess. Sometimes known as the consort of Yahweh the fake god. (Not the God.) The asherah pole represented prostitution.
---Betty on 7/22/09|
Worship of Asherah by the Isralites (represented by the pole) is a sobering example of how pagan and worldly customs can take over believers. In Canaanite mythology, the king of the gods was El (meaning god, similar to how YAWH was sometimes referred to.) His wife was Asherah, a fertility goddess whose name means grove. The groves (generally of oak or terebinth trees) were dedicated to her worship. Since her worship involved sexual practices, many Israelites were seduced by it, and justified her worship by claiming she was the consort of YAWH. Our culture of sensuality similarly traps many Christians...
---John on 7/21/09|
Asherah was the pagan goddess of fertility, some say she was Baals mother others say she was his consort. In any case the people that worshipped the pagan god Baal also worshipped Asherah.
The term Asherah pole defines something similar to a Native American totem pole. In other words it was a log or tree trunk that was carved with the image of Asherah.
This form of idol worship caused the people of Israel many problems in their relationship with God as recorded in First and Second Kings.
---NurseRobert on 6/19/08|
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---RAMON on 8/2/07|
The asherah pole was a phalus symbol,worshipped as a fertility symbol (baal worship) related to an oblisk and even church steeples! To put it bluntly and in the vernacular it represented an erect penis!
Moderator - Please give more information about the church steeples and the history. Thanks.
---1st_cliff on 7/5/07|
Asherah was both a goddess and a cult pillar. Asherah was the mother of Baal and Ashtoreth (Astarte, Ishtar). Asherah is known as "she who treads the lake" and was a fertility goddess. Asherah poles were places of fornication (with priestesses) and goddess worship, it is for that reason that God wanted them removed.
---John on 6/1/06|
An Asherah pole is a post or pole erected for the purpose of worshiping a pagan deity, topped with a symbol of the pagan deity being evoked through worship. This does not necessarily denote a church steeple wherein its purpose was to set the building apart from others as a place of worship and not an item to be worshiped. As for the commentary on the cross as an Asherah pole, the cross itself is not the subject of worship but rather a reminder of sacrifice and redemption.
---Eric on 5/8/06|
is it not the word that became flesh and made his dwelling among us? is'nt it by the word the holyspirit convict men?is'nt god spirit ?
---wayne on 4/7/06|
May ... I have never heard of anyone worshipping the cross.
Some use the cross, with Jesus on it, as a visual symbol and remionder of His sacrifice. Others use an empty cross, to remind us that Jesus no longer hangs on the cross where He died, but rose again.
But worshipping it? No
---alan8869_of_UK on 11/6/05|
may, It was Hezekiah that destroyed the brazen serpent, not Moses. Please read II Kings 18:1-4. i don't think people worship the cross, but the one who hung on the cross for them. "For the word of the cross to those perishing is foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is power of God." I Corinthians 1:18.
---Eloy on 11/6/05|
a modern day asherah pole is a cross/crucifix. This cross/crucifix has been exalted and wrongly associated with the name of GOD. This "cross" was a torture device -- used to execute our teacher/our king! If he were murdered by a gun, would we be exalting that too??? John 3:14 -- "Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert......"
Friends, Moses was also commanded to destroy the pole -- because the people began to worship the pole!!!!
---may on 11/6/05|
If then you be risen with Christ, set your mind on things above, not on things of the earth; for you are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God. Don't be an ostrich; be an eagle.
---what? on 10/27/05|
Please tell me this blog isn't going the direction it looks like it is going. To the pure all things are pure. To the defiled, all things are defiled. If your conscience is bothered by a steeple, don't go to a building that has one. I don't study pagan stuff. I study Jesus and thoughts of Him take up my time. Whatsoever things are pure, lovely, praiseworthy, of good report....think on these things.
---what? on 10/27/05|
Some people will do anyhting to discredit the Christians of previous centuries. Don't say they have filthy thoughts just because you do.
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/27/05|
I've heard it said before that church steeples are phallic symbols. If this is so and that they are the modern equivalent of asherah poles shouldn't we all be clamouring for them to be dismantled and destroyed? Nothing in the bible makes me think that God was happy with the originals so wouldn't He feel the same about modern equivalents?
Moderator - Yup.
---M.A. on 10/27/05|
My pastor says that today's church steeples are a modern day replica of Asherah Poles, and other phallic symbols like the obelisk and so on...
---Nancy on 10/27/05|
"asherah" is translated "groves" in the Bible, which is a "tree site". They were not evil by themselves, but the evil that people did while under the tree sites, which was worship and burn incense to idols when in them. Newer versions of the Bible have translated asherim as a proper name for a false god.
---Eloy on 10/23/05|
Information on sacred "poles" is exhaustive,one historic fact is that in 40AD Caligula brought 2 phalic columns from the pagan temple in Heliopolis Egypt to Rome (where now stands St.Peters) from Bethshemesh (jer.43.13) Also called "images of jealousy "(ez.18.5) So poles,obelisks columns,steeples and spires have a common root in phalus worship and the goddes Astarte(easter) Ashtoresh,Sameramis,Tammuz Diana and Venus (same goddes).
---1st_cliff on 10/23/05|
Asherah poles, or groves as is sometimes mentioned in Scripture, were actual poles that were dug into hill sides. We know from records and evidence that they were shaped as a male sexual organ. They were where you would meet a prophetess of the female gods. Scripture does not give a description of what they are.
---David7647 on 10/23/05|
In the Old Testament there are 40 references to "Asherah" in 9 books; Exod,Duet,Judges,1 and 2 Kings,Is,Jer, Mic,and 2 Chro. Asherah: some sort of a wooden object. Check out:
There is so much information it is impossible to write it all down here. God Bless
---rue on 10/23/05|
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 (Exo_34:13; Jdg_6:25; 2Ki_23:6; 1Ki_16:33, etc.). These images were also sometimes made of silver or of carved stone (2Ki_21:7; the graven image of Asherah, R.V.).
---keith on 10/23/05|