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Asher was the eighth son of Jacob, and the second of Jacob's two sons by Zilpah, Leah's maid. The other son by Zilpah was Gad [1]. When Jacob blessed his 12 sons before he died, he said that Asher would have a life blessed with an abundance of food and delicacies befitting a king [2]. Asher made the journey with Jacob and the family from Padan Aram to Canaan, and then later to Egypt.


The name Asher means "happy."


  1. Genesis 30 (Link)
  2. Genesis 49:20 (Link)