happy, Jacob's eigth son; his mother was Zilpah, Leah's handmaid ( Genesis 30:13 ). Of the tribe founded by him nothing is recorded beyond its holding a place in the list of the tribes ( 35:26 ; 46:17 ; Exodus 1:4 , etc.) It increased in numbers twenty-nine percent, during the thirty-eight years' wanderings. The place of this tribe during the march through the desert was between Dan and Naphtali ( Numbers 2:27 ). The boundaries of the inheritance given to it, which contained some of the richest soil in Palestine, and the names of its towns, are recorded in Joshua 19:24-31 ; Judges 1:31 Judges 1:32 . Asher and Simeon were the only tribes west of the Jordan which furnished no hero or judge for the nation. Anna the prophetess was of this tribe ( Luke 2:36 ).
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.
[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names
[S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary
Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Asher". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".