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Lexicon :: Strong's H6253 - ʿaštōreṯ

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Part of Speech
proper feminine noun
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TWOT Reference: 1718

Strong’s Definitions

עַשְׁתֹּרֶת ʻAshtôreth, ash-to'reth; probably for H6251; Ashtoreth, the Phoenician goddess of love (and increase):—Ashtoreth.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 3x

The KJV translates Strong's H6253 in the following manner: Ashtoreth (3x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 3x
The KJV translates Strong's H6253 in the following manner: Ashtoreth (3x).
  1. Ashtoreth = "star"

    1. the principal female deity of the Phoenicians worshipped in war and fertility

      1. also 'Ishtar' of Assyria and 'Astarte' by the Greeks and Romans

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
עַשְׁתֹּרֶת ʻAshtôreth, ash-to'reth; probably for H6251; Ashtoreth, the Phoenician goddess of love (and increase):—Ashtoreth.
STRONGS H6253: Abbreviations
עַשְׁתֹּ֫רֶת proper name, of deities ‘Aštōreth, < ‘Aštart, ‘Aštéreth (see below) (MI17 עשתר כמש; Phoenician עשתרת (+ often in proper names), proper name עבד עשתר CookAcad. Jan. 18, 1896 Sabean proper name, of deity עתֿתר see especially OsZMG xx (1866), 279 f. DHMib. xxxvii (1883), 376 FellSab. Gotternamen, ZMG liv (1900), 231 ff., especially 237 ff.; Assyrian Ištar; Old Aramaic, Palmyrene עתר (= עתֿתר) in proper name; in Egyptian ‘astirati WMMAs.u.Eur.313; Greek Ἀστάρτη; on their Greek equivalents (e.g. Ἀφροδίτη) compare LewyFremdw. 148, 186 f, 250); — ֶֹ֯ probably artificial, to suggest בּשֶׁת, originally תַּרְתְּ-, תֶּרֶת-, compare Ištar, Ασταρτη, etc.; ע׳ 1 Kings 11:5 + 2 times; plural תָּרוֺת - Judges 2:13 + 3 times+ רֹת - 1 Samuel 7:4; [H1045 1 Samuel 31:10] read probably singular (Dr and others); — ‘Aštart, ‘Aštereth (Ασταρτη, plural Ασταρται, but Judges 10:6; 1 Samuel 7:4 Ασταρωθ), ancient Semitic goddess (with male counterpart in Moabite, Sabean and apparently Phoenician); Phoenician deity, עשׁתרת אֱלֹהֵי צִדֹנִים 1 Kings 11:5, 33, שִׁקֻּץ צ׳ ע׳ 2 Kings 23:13; so probably בֵּית ע׳ [H1045 1 Samuel 31:10] (reading singular; see especially Dr); elsewhere plural, of various local goddesses, called עֲשְׁתָּרוֺת (compare Assyrian ilâni u ištarat = gods and Ištars (i.e. goddesses)), usually + בעל(יםׅ, as Canaanitish deities Judges 2:13; Judges 10:6; 1 Samuel 7:4; 1 Samuel 12:10; || אֱלֹהֵי הַנֵּכָר 1 Samuel 7:3. — See especially DrAshtoreth in HastDB; on Ištar JastrRel. Babylonian passive especially 202 f.; on ‘Athtar BaeRel. 117 f; on Phoenician on ‘Aštart PietschmGeschichte. Phön. 184 f.; on ‘Ashtoreth BartonJBL x (1891), 73 ff. GFMEncy. Bib.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


2:13; 2:13; 10:6; 10:6

1 Samuel

7:3; 7:4; 7:4; 7:4; 12:10

1 Kings

11:5; 11:5; 11:33

2 Kings



Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H6253 matches the Hebrew עַשְׁתֹּרֶת (ʿaštōreṯ),
which occurs 3 times in 3 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 11:5 - For Solomon went after Ashtoreth H6253 the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 11:33 - Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth H6253 the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ki 23:13 - And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth H6253 the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile.
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