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

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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Author(s): L. H. Martin
I. Name Fortuna is the Roman personification of good luck and success (from fero, ‘to bring’; fors, ‘chance’, ‘luck’), which is also expressed in the anthroponym Fortunatus, a popular Latin name, especially during the Hellenistic period. It occurs but once, however, in the Bible (1 Cor. 16.17). II. Identity Fortuna’s character, despite her Latin name, may have originated with the well-known and well-developed Etruscan notion of fate (Kajanto 1981:506–509). Her oldest cult site may have been Praeneste, where she was known as Fortuna Primigenia ( CIL 14, pp. 295–296), under which …