Astarte עשׁתרת
(3,289 words)

I. Name

The divine name Astarte is found in the following forms: Ug. ʿṯtrt (‘Athtart[u]’); Phoen. ʿštrt (‘Ashtart’); Heb. ʿAštōret (singular); ʿAštārôt (generally construed as plural); Eg. variously ʿsṯrt, ʿsṯrṯ, isṯrt; Gk. Astartē. It is the feminine form of the masculine ʿṯtr (‘Athtar’, ‘Ashtar’) and this in turn occurs, though as the name of a goddess, as Akkadian Ishtar. The Akkadian Aš-tar-[tum?] is used of her (AGE 330). The etymology remains obscure. It is probably, i…

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N. Wyatt, “Astarte עשׁתרת”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 16 January 2019 <>

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