Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

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I. Name

Aya was the name of a syncretistic deity in Ugarit, equated with the Mesopotamian deities Aya and Ea. The name is of unknown etymology. Roberts (1972: 20–21) argued for a original spelling ʾay(y)a deriving from an original root *ḥyy “to live” and related it to the adjective ḥayy(um) “alive” in Hebrew, Syriac and Arabic. In the OT Aya occurs several times (e. g. Gen. 36.24; 2 Sam. 3.7; 1 Chr. 7.28) as a proper name. It is regarded by some authors as a hypocoristic form to be connected with the Ugaritic deity.

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H. D. Galter, “Aya”, 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 29 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Aya>

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