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Ashtoreth

ASHTORETH (ăsh'tō-rĕth). A goddess of the Canaanites, worshiped all along the seacoast from [[Ras Shamra]] (Ugarit) southward through Phoenicia and Philistia. The plural Ashtaroth (niv “the Ashtoreths”) is found commonly and refers to the idols representing her. Her male consort was apparently Baal, and the two were worshiped with lewd rites. In Judg.2.11-Judg.2.23 we are told that Israel forsook their God and served “Baal and the Ashtoreths.” The prophet Samuel brought about a great revival, but before Israel could be saved from the Philistines, they had to give up Ashtoreth and turn to the Lord (1Sam.7.3-1Sam.7.4). Israel kept fairly close to the Lord through the times of Samuel, Saul, and David, and the early days of Solomon, until that “wise” man lost his wisdom by marrying various heathen women for political reasons. They succeeded in turning his heart from the Lord to worship of the Ashtoreth and other idols (1Kgs.11.4-1Kgs.11.8). These idols remained more than three and a half