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Bethel ב(י)תאל
(1,024 words)

I. Name

The name of this deity must be explained in accordance with Heb. bēt-ʾēl, i.e. ‘house/temple of god/El’ (God, El), cf. also the name of the town Bethel in central Palestine (former Lûz, see Judg. 1.23). The name Bethel is a shortened version of the designation ‘(El of the) House of El’, a kind of tautology or hypostasis not unfamiliar in Semitic god-names. This name originally did not point to the town of Bethel, but may have referred to open cult-places, as the aetiology of Bethel in the OT suggests (Gen. 28…

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W. Röllig, “Bethel ב(י)תאל”, 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 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Bethel>

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