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Apis חף
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Apis, the sacred bull of Memphis, occurs in the LXX version of Jer. 46.15 as the most prominent of Egypt’s gods whose flight is mocked by the prophet as a signal of the destruction about to befall Egypt by the hand of God. Most commentators and translators reconstruct Apis in the Hebrew text by a redivision and revocalisation of the MT nisḥap ‘is prostrated’ as nās ḥap ‘Apis has fled’. The LXX version would then be the correct rendering of a corrupt MT rather than Jewish polemics (cf. the Ibis in the LXX vers…

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R. L. Vos, “Apis חף”, 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 22 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Apis>

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