What does Ashima mean in the Bible?

Greek / Hebrew Translation Occurance
אֲשִׁימָֽא a god of Hamath. 1

Definitions Related to Ashima


   1 a god of Hamath.
   Additional Information: Ashima = “guiltiness: I will make desolate”.

Frequency of Ashima (original languages)

Frequency of Ashima (English)


Fausset's Bible Dictionary - Ashima
The idol of Hamath, introduced by the Hamathites, the colonists planted in Samaria by Esarhaddon king of Assyria (2 Kings 17:24; 2 Kings 17:30; Ezra 4:2; Ezra 4:10); represented as a goat with short hair, answering to the Egyptian form of the Greek god Pan, to whom the goat was sacred. The Phoenician god Esmun, answering to the Greek AEsculapius as well as Pan.
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Ashima
A deity adored by the men of Hamath, who were settled in Samaria, 2 Kings 17:30 .
Holman Bible Dictionary - Ashima
(uh sshi' muh) Syrian god made and worshiped in Hamath (2 Kings 17:30 ). The Hebrew word asham means, “guilt.” Hebrew writers may have deliberately written a word associated with guilt instead of the name of the god or goddess. Hamath's goddess may have been Asherah. See Asherah . Amos 8:14 says Israel swore by or made oaths by the “sin” (KJV) “guilt” (NAS) or “shame” of Samaria. NRSV and NIV footnote propose “Ashimah of Samaria.” Samaria worshiped falsely. They may have incorporated the god of Hamath into their worship. See Hamath . The exilic Elephantine papyri from a Jewish community in Egypt mention an “Ashim-bethel” who may have been worshiped by Egyptian Jews as a counterpart to Yahweh.
Morrish Bible Dictionary - Ashima
An idol introduced into Samaria by the colonists sent from Hamath by the king of Assyria. 2 Kings 17:30 .
Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Ashima
ASHIMA . A god whose form of worship is unknown, and who has been identified with the Phœnician Eshmun and the Babylonian Tashmitu. As Hamath, the god’s seat of worship ( 2 Kings 17:30 ), was occupied by the Hittites, the deity was probably non-Semitic.
N. Koenig.
Hitchcock's Bible Names - Ashima
Crime; offense

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Ashima - Ashima
Succoth Benoth - " But, as the parallelism to Nergal and Ashima require a deity, Succoth Benoth is probably Ζirbanit , called wife of the Babylonian idol Merodach, and "queen" of Babylon
Remphan - " The men of Babylon made Succoth-benoth; and the men of Cush made Nergal; and the men of Hamath made Ashima; and the Avites made Nibhaz and Tartak; and the Sepharvites burnt their children in the fire to Adrammelech, and Anammalach, the gods of Sepharvaim
Hamath - See Ashima
Hamath - But the revolt was suppressed, and the people of Hamath were transported to Samaria (2 Kings 17:24,30 ), where they continued to worship their god Ashima
Hamath - Refugees from Samaria may have been exiled to Hamath by the Assyrians, while refugees from Hamath were brought to Samaria along with their god, Ashima (2Kings 17:24,2 Kings 17:30 ; Isaiah 11:11 )