Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

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Assur אשׁור
(1,141 words)

I. Name

Assur occurs in the OT as a person, the second son of Shem in the table of nations (Gen. 10.22), as a people or world power, and as the land of Assyria. While the concept of the power may have been sometimes subsumed in the concept of the deity, the only certain attestation of the name of the deity can be found within the name of the king Esarhaddon (Isa. 37.38 = 2 Kgs. 19.37, Ezra 4.2).

II. Identity

Assur is the god of Assyria par excellence. His name is identical with that of the city of Assur, which with its temple, the bı…

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A. Livingstone, “Assur אשׁור”, 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 25 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Assur>

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