Which was either an image that had been placed in a grove planted by him, and now removed into the house or temple of the Lord; or, as some think, this was a representation of a grove, a carved grove of gold or silver, in the midst of which an image was placed in the temple; though what Selden observes F2, seems best of all, that this was an image of Asherah, as in the original text; that is, of Astarte or Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Zidonians, ( 1 Kings 11:5 ) , the same the Phoenicians are said to call Astroarche, and affirm it to be the moon F3: in ( 2 Chronicles 33:7 ) it is called a carved image the idol he had made; and an Arabic writer F4 says, it had four faces, which seems to be a figure of the cherubim; but, according to Suidas F5, it was the statue of Jupiter, who also says it had four faces:
of which the Lord said to David, and to Solomon his son:
that is, of which house or temple:
F2 De Dis Syris, Syntagm. 2. c. 2. p. 233.
F3 Herodian. l. 5. c. 15.
F4 Abulpharag. Hist. Dynast. Dyn. 3. p. 66.
F5 In voce (manasshva) .