Asher was the eighth son of Jacob and the father of the tribe of Asher, one of the twelve
tribes of Israel.
His mother was Zilpah, Leah's maidservant. Leah named him Asher, saying "Happy am I" (Genesis
30:13). Asher played a role in the plot to sell his brother Joseph into slavery. Asher and his four sons and daughter later settled in
Egypt. Jacob blessed Asher on his deathbed, saying: "From Asher
will come the richest food; he will provide the king's delights"
The tribe of Asher settled along the northern Mediterranean coast of Israel, as far north as the city of Tyre.
Sources: Bridger, David. Ed. The
New Jewish Encyclopedia, NY: Behrman House, 1976; Navigating
the Bible II