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Boaz בעז
(611 words)

I. Name

Boaz is the name given to one of the pillars flanking the entrance to the temple of Solomon (1 Kgs. 7.21). The name has been interpreted as a corruption of the name Baal (H. Greßmann, Dolmen, Masseben und Napflöcher, ZAW 29 [1909] 122; for other examples see Scott 1939:145–146) or, alternatively, as an epithet of Baal (Bruston 1924).

II. Identity

The only proposal that takes Boaz as an independent surname or epithet of a deity has been made by Bruston (1924). He based himself on a Neo-Punic inscription…

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K. van der Toorn, “Boaz בעז”, 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 28 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Boaz>

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