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by Dr Anthony E. Smart
also Asherah, Ashtartian - 'the Lady of the Sea', Elat - 'the goddess'). El's loving consort and is protective of her seventy children who may also be known as the gracious gods, to whom she is both mother and nursemaid. Her sons, unlike Baal initially, all have godly courts. She frequents the ocean shore. In the Syrian city of Qatra, she was considered Baal-Hadad's consort.

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