(one of the twelve sons of Israel).
Asher (Hebrew: אָשֵׁר); [in Hebrew, means, 'happy' or 'in my good fortune')... & was the founder of the Tribe of Asher... I'm sure that doesn't surprise you though!!
He was born 1562 BCE, in Paddan-aram, (modern day southeastern Turkey,) & was the tenth son of Israel (aka Jacob).. The third in the line of twelve.. Peradventure & surmising that (while the Book of Genesis doesn't hold alot on his nature as a child), being that his blessing was so rich.. He was a quite child, and eager to help his father - which was pleasing to the LORD.. FoSho!
For his blessing, Israel says..
“Bread from Asher shall be rich,
And he shall yield royal dainties." Genesis 49:20
A blessing I am no doubt sure made Asher SMILE!! Ain't EVEN GONNA LIE... it would me!! 😋
Asher is represented as the younger brother of Gad; these two being the sons of Zilpah, the handmaid of Leah (Genesis 35:26).. Asher had four sons and one daughter, who were born in Canaan and migrated with him to Egypt, with their descendants remaining there until the Exodus; Asher's daughter, Serah (also transliterated as Serach), is the only granddaughter of Jacob mentioned in Genesis 46:17.. Her mother is not named.
Asher's descendants in more than one regard deserved their name ("Asher" meaning "happiness"). The tribe of Asher was the one most blessed with male children.. And its women were so beautiful that priests and princes sought them in marriage. The abundance of oil in the land possessed by Asher so enriched the tribe that none of them needed to hire a habitation.. The soil was so fertile that in times of scarcity, and especially in the Sabbatical year, Asher provided all Israel with olive-oil. The Asherites were also renowned for wisdom..
I almost dread seeing the graves of the 12 now! ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING these are 12 of THE MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE in HISTORY, (and ETERNITY... [Rev. 21:12!!]
There IS a gravesite for Asher's daughter; which can be seen here. Her grave is located in Pir Bakran, Ieran.. A small town about 30 km southeast of Isfahan. The site consists of a small synagogue and a huge cemetery which is probably 2000 years old. Cool stuff!