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Constellations מזלות
(1,371 words)

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The Hebrew term mazzālôt (sing. mazzāl) occurs once in the Bible in 2 Kgs. 23.5. Many authors hold that a second occurence may be found in Job 28.28 in the slight phonetic variant of mazzārôt. The context in Job is clearly astronomic, while mention is made in 2 Kgs. 23 of astral cults which were prohibited by Josiah.

Mzl derives from the Akk. manzaztu >manzaltu, ‘abode’ or ‘station’. Perhaps they were originally the celestial abodes of the great gods represented by the Stars (Mowinckel 1928:24). In…

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I. Zatelli, “Constellations מזלות”, 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 03 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Constellations>

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