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Has there been any serious studies into the relationship between the Asherah tree and the Christmas trees, with the possibility of the former being the source of the latter?

  • Can you provide some context or explanation about the Asherah tree, for those of us unfamiliar with it? – Lauren-Reinstate-Monica-Ipsum Feb 17 '16 at 20:40
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    There is no correlation. Decoration of the yule tree with lights is a middle European thing that is not even that ancient. Any Asherah worship was long dead before it became popular. – C. M. Weimer Feb 17 '16 at 21:02
  • @C.M.Weimer Turn that into an answer? – bleh Feb 18 '16 at 0:25
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There is no historical connection.

The cultures that worshiped Asherah were mostly destroyed when the Babylonians invaded the kingdom of Judah and took a large portion of the populace as captives. The last reference to Asherah worship in the Bible is 2 Kings 23, during the reign of Josiah (r. 640 to 609 BCE).

Christmas trees became popular in Europe starting in Germany in the 1500s. There is no historical or cultural connection to the practices within Judah.

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    Thanks for doing what I had forgotten to do. Any chance to introduce citations for the claim? With that, I think it would be the perfect answer. – C. M. Weimer Dec 13 '16 at 0:20

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