Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

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I. Name

The name of the Egyptian goddess Bastet occurs in the Bible in Ezek. 30.17 as part of the name Pibeseth, (פי־בסת) an Egyptian town in the Delta near the modern Zagazig. The place of the ancient town is callednowadays Tell Basta. The Greek name was Boubastis and the Hebrew rendering Pî-beset. The ancient Egyptian name of the town was pr-bʒstt (lit. House of Bastet).

II. Identity

The Greek historian Herodotus (2.138) who travelled in Egypt in the 5th cent. bce gives a description of the temple of the god…

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H. te Velde, “Bastet”, 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 27 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Bastet>

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