Easton's Bible Dictionary (1897)/Asher

Asher: happy, Jacob's eigth son; his mother was Zilpah, Leah's handmaid ( (Gen. 30:13)). Of the tribe founded by him nothing is recorded beyond its holding a place in the list of the tribes (Genesis 35:26; 46:17; Ex. 1:4, etc.) It increased in numbers twenty-nine percent, during the thirty-eight years' wanderings. The place of this tribe during the march through the desert was between Dan and Naphtali (Num. 2:27). The boundaries of the inheritance given to it, which contained some of the richest soil in Palestine, and the names of its towns, are recorded in Josh. 19:24-31; Judg. Asher and Simeon were the only tribes west of the Jordan which furnished no hero or judge for the nation. Anna the prophetess was of this tribe (Luke 2:36).