Notes for Asher:
His name in Hebrew is: אשר ‘Âshêr (aw-share’) Strongs #: 836; happy.
Jacob, Asher’s father was 89 when Asher was born.
Jacob had already been living in Haran for twelve years when Asher was born.
At the age of 8, Asher left with his family to return to where Jacob came from and
met with a few hardships along the way. (1)
The place of abode upon arriving in Canaan from Haran was outside the town of Shechem
where they stayed 18 months. (2)
Upon the kidnapping of Asher’s half-sister, Dinah, Asher’s older half-brothers Simeon
and Levi laid waste the city of Shechem.
It looked like Asher would be going to his first battle at the age of 9, but it turned
out that the Canaanites decided that it wouldn’t be a very good idea. If two can
take a city, then an army of 112 would be devastating. (3)
At 10, Asher and his family moved to Bethel for a six month stay.
At 11, his step-mother Rachel died at childbirth while bringing Benjamin into the
At 16, Asher and his family came again to Shechem but their arrival made headline
news amongst the Canaanites since they didn’t want to lose their city again. This
time war was inevitable!
The armies of the seven Canaanite kings came against them, but to make a long story
short, Asher and his brothers destroyed the kings as well as seven cites, although
it took several days to do it. (4)
Asher’s step-mother, Leah died when Asher was 17, and it was after that time that
his half-brother Joseph started making a nuisance of himself. Although Joseph ranked
himself better than his brothers, Father Jacob still loved the brat so much that
Jacob made a colorful coat for him with long sleeves. (5)
What was the most annoying were Joseph’s dreams, and since Asher had the gift of
interpreting dreams it made him dislike his brother all the more! (6)
The only relief from Joseph was to look after the cattle with his brothers in Shechem
(they had been dwelling in Hebron with Grandfather Isaac), but Joseph still found
his brothers even when Asher moved with his brothers 15 miles north to Dothan.
Even before Joseph arrived at the camp, Asher planned to be part of the plot to kill
Joseph, but Reuben wanted nothing to do with the plan, so Joseph was placed in a
pit so Reuben could secretly let Joseph return home.
While Reuben was away from the camp, Asher and his brothers sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites
for 20 pieces of silver, but Asher later regretted it.
After the selling of Joseph, Asher took Adon to wife, but Adon soon died shortly
thereafter bearing Asher no children. Therefore, Asher remarried to a widow who
already had a daughter. Hadurah, Asher’s new wife bore four sons. (7)
Twenty years later at the age of 39, Asher was sent to Egypt with his brothers (except
Benjamin) to buy corn since there was a severe famine in Canaan.
Upon arriving in Egypt, the brothers met with Zaphnathpaaneah, the stern governor
of Egypt who accused the brothers as being spies. Then Simeon was bound in prison
and the brothers were instructed to bring their youngest brother with them on their
next trip to prove that they weren’t spies. (8)
Therefore, the brothers returned home with their grain, but were forced to return
to Egypt 14 months later with Benjamin, much to the sorrow of Jacob. (9)
Upon Asher and his brother’s return back to, troubles began after Asher and his brothers
had dined with the governor, and that was when Benjamin was accused of stealing the
Governor’s cup. However, the excitement didn’t really begin until the governor said
that he would use Benjamin as a slave in his house. (10)
This act grieved Asher and his brethren, but it wasn’t until the governor saw that
the brothers were willing to fight for their younger brother that he reviewed himself
to them that Zaphnathpaaneah was actually Joseph.
This act both gladdened and frightened Asher.
Asher returned home with all his brethren telling Jacob the glad tidings in which
they made the trip back to Egypt with the whole family, and was able to witness the
joyous reunion of father and son in Egypt.
Seventeen years later, when Asher was 58, his father died and requested to be buried
in the Cave of Machpelah, but the funeral procession was halted for short time while
by Asher’s Uncle Esau. (12)
Because of the battle at the Cave of Machpelach, another one ensued with the Edomites
in which some Edomites were taken captive and taken to Egypt. Having captive Edomites
in Egypt for slaves to the Israelites was considered a shame to the Edomites, so
war was waged against the Children of Jacob as well as the Egyptians, but the Edomites
ended up losing the battle the third time. (13)
After Asher had lived in Egypt for 82 years, he died at the age of 123. (14)
More About Asher:
Burial 1387 BC in Kadesh-naphtali, Canaan