Text Box: Here are a number of the Bible's other cedar-related-statements. When you read these, keep in mind the cedar trees were representative of the Hebrew and Canaanite goddess: 

"Flocks and herds will lie down there, creatures of every kind. The desert owl and the screech owl will roost on her columns. Their calls will echo through the windows, rubble will be in the doorways, the beams of cedar will be exposed." 

"Wail, O pine tree, for the cedar has fallen; the stately trees are ruined! Wail, oaks of Bashan; the dense forest has been cut down!" 

Editor notes the obvious: To this day, the forests that graced the Middle East during prehistory have not yet returned. In the United States, many cedar (also known as juniper, member of the cypress family of conifers) have also been heavily logged.

Some qualities of cedar have made it a consistently attractive material. It is a fragrant, insect-repellent wood, with fine tight grain. much used for chests, closets, posts and panels. And oil of red cedar has been used in medicine and perfume.

Now here are a few construction tips captured in the Bible for buildings made with cedar:

"So Hiram sent word to Solomon: I have received the message you sent me and will do all you want in providing the cedar and pine logs. 

"In this way Hiram kept Solomon supplied with all the cedar and pine logs he wanted 

"So he built the temple and completed it, roofing it with beams and cedar planks. 

"And he built the side rooms all along the temple. The height of each was five cubits, and they were attached to the temple by beams of cedar. 

"He lined its interior walls with cedar boards, paneling them from the floor of the temple to the ceiling, and covered the floor of the temple with planks of pine. 

"He partitioned off twenty cubits at the rear of the temple with cedar boards from floor to ceiling to form within the temple an inner sanctuary, the Most Holy Place. 

"The inside of the temple was cedar, carved with gourds and open flowers. Everything was cedar; no stone was to be seen. 

"The inner sanctuary was twenty cubits long, twenty wide and twenty high. He overlaid the inside with pure gold, and he also overlaid the altar of cedar. 

"And he built the inner courtyard of three courses of dressed stone and one course of trimmed cedar beams. 

"He built the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon a hundred cubits long, fifty wide and thirty high, with four rows of cedar columns supporting trimmed cedar beams." 

"The Palace of the Forest of Lebanon was built in 1.2 ratio. It was 150 feet (46 meters) long, 75 feet (23 meters) wide and 45 feet (13.5 meters) high. 

"It was roofed with cedar above the beams that rested on the columns--forty-five beams, fifteen to a row. 

"He built the throne hall, the Hall of Justice, where he was to judge, and he covered it with cedar from floor to ceiling. 

"He described plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also taught about animals and birds, reptiles and fish." 

"The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig trees in the foothills." 

"But Jehoash king of Israel replied to Amaziah king of Judah: "A thistle in Lebanon sent a message to a cedar in Lebanon, `Give your daughter to my son in marriage.' Then a wild beast in Lebanon came along and trampled the thistle underfoot.'" 

"Then they gave money to the masons and carpenters, and gave food and drink and oil to the people of Sidon and Tyre, so that they would bring cedar logs by sea from Lebanon to Joppa, as authorized by Cyrus king of Persia." 

"His tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are close-knit." 
"Like a cedar of Lebanon he will send down his roots; his young shoots will grow. His splendor will be like an olive tree, his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon." 

"The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon." 

"If she is a wall, we will build towers of silver on her. If she is a door, we will enclose her with panels of cedar 

"I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set pines in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together." 

"I will send destroyers against you, each man with his weapons, and they will cut up your fine cedar beams and throw them into the fire." 

"Does it make you a king to have more and more cedar? Did not your father have food and drink? He did what was right and just, so all went well with him." 

"You who live in Lebanon, who are nestled in cedar buildings, how you will groan when pangs come upon you, pain like that of a woman in labor!" 

Okay, we’ve offered enough disjointed sentences to give you to good whiff of the prehistoric popularity of cedar with your mental nostrils. 

We end our Biblical quotes with the following words from Second Kings (13:6): 

"And the Asherah also remained standing in Samaria." 

These cedar "shavings," along with their Asherah references, are mentally aromatic. They conjure thoughts of a prehistoric Canaanite belief in Mother Nature, a belief seemingly shared by many members of the Hebrew tribe, until a later time when that belief became decidedly unpopular. 

Today we have inherited texts edited by the winners of this protohistoric debate, those who banished the goddess from their midst. 

Interesting, however, are the tantalizing clues that still remain visible in the Bible to the fervency of the Hebrew goddess worship and the equally great fervency with which it was suppressed.

Asherah sculpture created by a contemporary artist.