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        (1.) Heb. 'asherah, properly a wooden image, or a pillar
        representing Ashtoreth, a sensual Canaanite goddess, probably
        usually set up in a grove (2 Kings 21:7; 23:4). In the Revised
        Version the word "Asherah" (q.v.) is introduced as a proper
        noun, the name of the wooden symbol of a goddess, with the
        plurals Asherim (Ex. 34:13) and Asheroth (Judg. 3:13).
        The LXX. have rendered "asherah" in 2 Chr. 15:16 by "Astarte."
        The Vulgate has done this also in Judg. 3:7.
        (2.) Heb. 'eshel (Gen. 21:33). In 1 Sam. 22:6 and 31:13 the
        Authorized Version renders this word by "tree." In all these
        passages the Revised Version renders by "tamarisk tree." It has
        been identified with the Tamariscus orientalis, five species of
        which are found in Israel.
        (3.) The Heb. word 'elon, uniformly rendered in the Authorized
        Version by "plain," properly signifies a grove or plantation. In
        the Revised Version it is rendered, pl., "oaks" (Gen. 13:18;
        14:13; 18:1; 12:6; Deut. 11:30; Josh. 19:33). In the earliest
        times groves are mentioned in connection with religious worship.
        The heathen consecrated groves to particular gods, and for this
        reason they were forbidden to the Jews (Jer. 17:3; Ezek. 20:28).

Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. M.A., D.D., "Biblical Meaning for 'Grove' Eastons Bible Dictionary". - Eastons; 1897.

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