Artemis Ἄρτεμις
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I. Name

Artemis is the Greek virgin goddess originally of hunting and animal fertility. It occurs as a divine name in Acts 19 (in Jewish literature only Sib. Or. 5, 293–295); moreover one of Paul’s companions had the theophoric name Ἀρτεμᾶς, a hypocoristic derived from Ἀρτεμίδωρος ‘gift of Artemis’ (Titus 3.12). Being the divine huntress, her name, especially its Doric-Aeolian form ʼΆρταμις, has been connected etymologically with Attic ἄρταμος ‘butcher; slaughterer’, or else with ἄρκ(…

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G. Mussies, “Artemis Ἄρτεμις”, 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 20 January 2019 <>

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