For the Asherah in the ancient Near East and in Israel see Raphael Patai, The Hebrew Goddess (Detroit, MI: Wayne State Univ. Press, 1990); Walter A. Maier, Aserah, Extrabiblical Evidence (Atlanta, GA: Scholars Press, 1986); Saul M. Olyan, Asherah and the Cult of Yahweh in Israel (Atlanta, GA: Scholars Press, 1988); R. J. Pettey, Asherah, Goddess of Israel (New York: Peter Lang, 1990); Steve A. Wiggins, A Reassessment of ‘Asherah’ (Kevelaer: Verlag Butzon & Bercker, 1993). For the representation of the goddess as a triangle see Ruth Hestrin, “The Lachish Ewer and the Asherah,” Israel Exploration Journal 37 (1987), pp. 212–223.