Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

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Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking and Pieter W. van der Horst

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The Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online contains academic articles on the named gods, angels, and demons in the books of the Hebrew Bible, Septuagint and Apocrypha, as well as the New Testament and patristic literature. This online version contains the second extensively revised edition.

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Oak אלון

(964 words)

Author(s): K. Nielsen
I. Name According to Albright (1968:165) both the oak, Quercus coccifera, Quercus aegilops, אלון, ʾēlôn or ʾallôn, and the terebinth, *אלה, were deified in the Mediterranean area. The common view is that אלון, like אלה and אל, is connected with the root *אול II, ‘to be first’ or ‘to be strong’. Pope claims that the etymology of אל remains obscure and he simply refuses to decide whether אל, אלה, and אלון should be derived from ʾw/yl or from some other root (1955:16–19). In his review of Pope’s monograph Albright states that אלון and Aram. ʾillān come from ʾll (1956:161, but cf. Albright 1968…


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Og עוג

(1,170 words)

Author(s): G. del Olmo Lete
I. Name Of unknown etymology, although some connexion with Osa g̃aig (?), Soqotri ʿaig, Hatraean ʿgʾʾ ‘man’ could be established (Rabin ErIsr. 8 [1967] 251–154; cf. also Ug. PN bn ʿgy, KTU 4.611:19), Og is attested 22 times in the Bible as the king of Bashan, along with the Amorite king Sihon, both of them vanquished by the Israelite newcomers. More specifically it is said of him that he was “one of the survivors of the Rephaim” ( Deut. 3.11; Josh. 12.4; Josh. 13.12 [NEB]) and was huge in stature, as fitted this race of giants; this could be verified by the dimensions of his …