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Ashima אשׁימא
(565 words)

I. Name

Ashima was the god worshipped by the people of Hamath, who after their deportation to Samaria by the Assyrian king, continued to serve him in their new home (2 Kgs. 17.30).

II. Identity

The name of the god, in its Biblical form, has been recovered only from the context of Arab tribes at Teima; in a dedicatory inscription from Teima, ʾšymʾ is invoked, along with the gods ṣlm and šnglʾ (See Livingstone 1983; Beyer & Livingstone 1987). This attestation is somewhat surprising if the primary associat…

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M. Cogan, “Ashima אשׁימא”, 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 30 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Ashima>

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