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Blood דם
(738 words)

I. Name

Although nowhere deified, blood, Hebr dām, is seen in the OT as a liquid essential for animal and human life. In Ugaritic and Mesopotamian texts, mention is made of divine blood. In personal names from Ebla and Emar the theophoric element Damu is attested. The name of this deity has incorrectly been connected with the Semitic noun dm, ‘blood’. The name of the deity, however, is not etymologically related to the noun mentioned, but should be construed as related to the root d‘m, ‘to support’ (Lipińs-ki 1987…

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B. Becking, “Blood דם”, 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 08 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Blood>

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