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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Python Πυθών

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Author(s): J. W. van Henten
I. Name Pythōn occurs just once in NT and indicates the oracular spirit of a slave-girl ( Acts 16.16). There are two further occurrences in the Sibylline Oracles (5:182; 11:315). Sib. Or. 11:315 is possibly connected with the dragon Python. Traditions concerning Python may be incorporated in Rev. 12. II. Identity Python is the Dragon ( drakōn Euripides, Iph. Taur. 1245; Pausanias 10.6.6; Lucian, De Astr. 23; draco ingens Hyginus, Fab. 140; δράκαινα Hom. Hymn to Apollo 300) or Serpent (Fontenrose 1980:55) that protected the sanctuary of Delphi near Mount Parnassus (see e.…