Have you been wondering what an Asherah pole is? Well, so have historians and archeologists for centuries. The truth is we don’t know. Some believe it was a pole (like a totem pole) or a planted tree. I don’t think it was a planted tree because King Asa’s grandmother had an obscene pole. It could have had carvings on it in the form of words or images. There is little description of these objects in historical documents, just that they existed. It is very possible that they were connected to the fertility goddess Asherah but it is not certain. No matter what it was, it was a popular pagan shrine and one that God’s people continued to fall into. This leads me to believe that it must have been connected to the fertility goddess and the practice of prostitution, a very common form of pagan worship.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.