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a city of Bashan, in the kingdom of Og (Deut. 1:4; Josh. 12:4; 13:12; 9:10). It was in the half-tribe of Manasseh (Josh. 13:12), and as a Levitical city was given to the Gershonites (1 Chr. 6:71). Uzzia, one of David’s valiant men (1 Chr. 11:44), is named as of this city. It is identified with Tell Ashterah, in the Hauran, and is noticed on monuments B.C. 1700-1500. The name Beesh-terah (Josh. 21:27) is a contraction for Beth-eshterah, i.e., “the house of Ashtaroth.”

Historical Examples

ashtaroth must have had pity on me; for she directed my steps to those very traders who bought Sarchedon from the sons of Anak.
Sarchedon G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville

“I may not lift mine eyes to ashtaroth,” was his cautious reply.
Sarchedon G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville

If these were dreams—he prayed to ashtaroth—let him never wake again!
Sarchedon G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville

And yonder, by the beard of Nimrod and the beauty of ashtaroth!
Sarchedon G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville

And the figure of the weeping woman near it is probably that of ashtaroth.
The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani

He cared as little for the beauty of ashtaroth as of Semiramis.
Sarchedon G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville

And they put his armour in the house of ashtaroth and they fastened his body to the wall of Beth-shan.
The Dore Gallery of Bible Illustrations, Complete Anonymous

By the brows of ashtaroth, the sport grows to earnest now, and the prize will be won by him who can strike first!
Sarchedon G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville

Between the ashtaroth and the Anathoth the difference was but in name.
Patriarchal Palestine Archibald Henry Sayce

To him, ashtaroth was no more an impersonation of light, beauty, and unearthly power than Semiramis.
Sarchedon G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville


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