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. Modern research as illustrating the Bible . inthe thirteenth century b.c. The period of the fourth stratum was one in which the worshipof the Phoenician and Canaanite goddess Ashtoreth (or Ashtart4),the female consort of Baal, often mentioned in Phoenician inscrip-tions,5 seems to have been very popular: for terra-cotta plaquesbearing figures, as it seems, of this goddess in relief in an interesting 1 QS. <»-,. L.) .31. - Ibid. 28. s QS. 07. 188, 190 f. 4 The Greek form Astarti BUggests this as the ancient pronunciation of thePhoenician ami (unvocalized) Ilehrew mrnry. 5 See particulars o

. Modern research as illustrating the Bible . inthe thirteenth century b.c. The period of the fourth stratum was one in which the worshipof the Phoenician and Canaanite goddess Ashtoreth (or Ashtart4),the female consort of Baal, often mentioned in Phoenician inscrip-tions,5 seems to have been very popular: for terra-cotta plaquesbearing figures, as it seems, of this goddess in relief in an interesting 1 QS. <»-,. L.) .31. - Ibid. 28. s QS. 07. 188, 190 f. 4 The Greek form Astarti BUggests this as the ancient pronunciation of thePhoenician ami (unvocalized) Ilehrew mrnry. 5 See particulars o Stock Photo
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. Modern research as illustrating the Bible . inthe thirteenth century b.c. The period of the fourth stratum was one in which the worshipof the Phoenician and Canaanite goddess Ashtoreth (or Ashtart4), the female consort of Baal, often mentioned in Phoenician inscrip-tions, 5 seems to have been very popular: for terra-cotta plaquesbearing figures, as it seems, of this goddess in relief in an interesting 1 QS. <»-, . L.) .31. - Ibid. 28. s QS. 07. 188, 190 f. 4 The Greek form Astarti BUggests this as the ancient pronunciation of thePhoenician ami (unvocalized) Ilehrew mrnry. 5 See particulars of the character of this goddess, and the wide extent of herworship, in Hastingss Diet, of the Bible, s. v. (i. 107-71). In the Old Testamentsee 1 Kings xi. 5, 38; 2 Kings xxiii. 18; and in the plural form, Ashtardth—no doubt, denoting the local Ashtoreths, like the Baalim , the local Baals —Judges ii. 13 ; x. 0 ; 1 Sam. vii. 3, 4 ; xii. 10; xxxi. 10 [hut read here the sing. Ashtoreth for the Ashtardth ; there is no article in the Heb.].. S u S3 o o ~ B I QQ < BO

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