Asher (Ash´uhr; Heb., “happy”)

1 The son of Jacob and Zilpah (Gen 30:12-13) and the eponymous ancestor of the tribe Asher. The name may derive from that of a god, the male counterpart of Asherah or a variant of Ashar, a divine name element in Old Akkadian and Amorite names. 2 The western highlands of Galilee, which constituted the ninth Solomonic district (1Kgs 4:16). The Blessings of Jacob (Gen 49:20) and of Moses (Deut 33:24-25) allude to the fertility of Asher’s land. Asher failed to participate in the battle against Sisera (Judg 5:17), but responded to Gideon’s calls to expel the Midianites (Judg 6:35; Judg 7:23).

Gen 30:12-13

12Leah's maid Zilpah bore Jacob a second son.13And Leah said, “Happy am I! For the women will call me happy”; so she named him Asher.

1Kgs 4:16

16Baana son of Hushai, in Asher and Bealoth;

Gen 49:20

20Asher's food shall be rich,
and he shall provide royal delicacies.

Deut 33:24-25

24And of Asher he said:
Most blessed of sons be Asher;
may he be the favorite of his brothers,
and may he dip his foot in oil.25Your bars are iron and bronze;
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Judg 5:17

17Gilead stayed beyond the Jordan;
and Dan, why did he abide with the ships?
Asher sat still at the coast of the sea,
settling down by his landings.

Judg 6:35

35He sent messengers throughout all Manasseh, and they too were called out to follow him. He also sent messengers to Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali, and they went ... View more

Judg 7:23

23And the men of Israel were called out from Naphtali and from Asher and from all Manasseh, and they pursued after the Midianites.

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