GROVE (see also Asherah; אֲשֵׁרָה, H895, Asherah or her cult object; אֵ֫שֶׁל, H869, tamarisk tree).
“Grove” is an incorrect tr. (KJV) of both Heb. words above. This mistranslation of אֲשֵׁרָה, H895, is based on LXX rendering, “groves” (ἄλσος, ἄλση). Asherah was a Canaanite fertility or mother goddess and consort of El (cf. Ugaritic ’atrt, Athirat); and also the wooden cult object or “sacred pole” by which she was represented. Apparently, the plurals Asherim and Asheroth refer only to her images or cult objects. The contexts show that Asherah was a goddess (or an object representing her) who was worshiped along with Baal (
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
(2) ’eshel (