Susan Ackerman

Susan Ackerman is Professor of Religion and of Women’s and Gender Studies at Dartmouth College, where she has taught since 1990. Previously, she taught at Winthrop College and the University of Arizona. She received her A.B. degree from Dartmouth in 1980, an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School in 1982 and her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1987. She is the author of Under Every Green Tree: Popular Religion in Sixth-Century Judah (1992); Warrior, Dancer, Seductress, Queen: Women in Judges and Biblical Israel (1998); and When Heroes Love: The Ambiguity of Eros in the Stories of Gilgamesh and David (2005).

Articles by this author

Astarte: Bible

Astarte is the Greek form of the name Ashtart, who, along with Asherah and Anath, was one of the three great goddesses of the Canaanite pantheon. In Canaanite religion she was associated primarily with love and fertility, playing the role of divine courtesan, for example, in mythological texts from the Late Bronze Age (c. 1550–1200 b.c.e.) city-state of Ugarit (in western Syria).

Asherah/Asherim: Bible

Asherah, along with Astarte and Anath, was one of the three great goddesses of the Canaanite pantheon. In Canaanite religion her primary role was that of mother goddess. In mythological texts from the Late Bronze Age (c. 1550–1200 b.c.e.) city-state of Ugarit, she is called “the creatress of the gods”; her consort at Ugarit, the god El, is called “creator.”

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