What Happened To The 400 Prophets Of Asherah

The 400 prophets of Asherah are mentioned in the Old Testament book of 1 Kings. According to the story, Ahab, the king of Israel, married Jezebel, a woman from Sidon who was a worshiper of the Baal god and the goddess Asherah. Jezebel brought many prophets of Baal and Asherah into Israel's courts, and Ahab began to worship these gods as well.

In 1 Kings 18, the prophet Elijah challenges the prophets of Baal to a test to determine which god is truly powerful. After the prophets of Baal fail to summon fire from their god, Elijah calls upon the God of Israel, and fire descends from heaven to consume the offering. Elijah then orders the Israelites to seize the prophets of Baal, and they do so, bringing them to the Kishon Valley where Elijah slays them all (1 Kings 18:16-40).

The fate of the 400 prophets of Asherah is not explicitly mentioned in the story, however, it is possible that they were among the prophets who Elijah commanded to be taken and executed. There is also a later account in 2 Kings 10 where King Jehu of Israel destroys the worshipers and priests of Baal and the temple of Baal. In this account, it is mentioned that Jehu also destroyed the prophets of Baal "that Jezebel had appointed," which may have included the prophets of Asherah as well (2 Kings 10:18-28).

Overall, while it is not clear exactly what happened to the 400 prophets of Asherah, the story portrays the prophets of Baal and Asherah as false prophets who were condemned by God for their idolatry and for leading the Israelites astray.

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Jamie Larson