The Torah was written by the educated elite among the Israelites, but the common people, as Israeli archaeologists have discovered, had lots of Asherah statues in their homes and very much worshipped her. The elites would not have been saying "Get rid of her!" except that she was everywhere. Writers can use words to fabricate, but archaeology tells the truth.
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from the article: Word of the Day / Shemesh: Goddess child of El and Asherah shines on