Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

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Adonis Ἄδωνις
(2,019 words)

I. Name

Adonis (originally ‘Lord’, see Hesychius s.v.) is a hero of classical mythology, beloved by Aphrodite and Persephone. He has been identified with a Phoenician god in Byblos who is referred to as d da.mu in the Amarna letters. The divine name Adonis occurs in Vulg Version of Ezek. 8.14 instead of VL and LXX Thammuz. As ḥemdat nāšîm, ‘Darling of women’, Adonis occurs possibly in Dan. 11.37. References to his cult are perhaps also to be found in some chapters of Isaiah.

II. Identity

According to classic…

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S. Ribichini, “Adonis Ἄδωνις”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 24 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Adonis>

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