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Pronounced Pron. AH-shee-mah or ah-SHEE-mah [key]
Other Forms FormsAshiyma
Scripts אֲשִׁימָא(Ancient Hebrew)
Other Forms FormsAsima (Latin)
Means "the name, portion, or lot" depending on context. Possibly from the Semitic šmt
'charge, duty, function'. Also known as Ashim-Yahu, Ashima-Yaho, and Ashim-Beth-El
She was an ancient West Semitic goddess, related to the Akkadian goddess SHIMTI
, and a cognate of MANAT
. In the Middle East she was one of several local deities protecting cities in Samaria, as mentioned in the Hebrew Bible.