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Eagle נשׁר
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I. Name

The common Semitic noun nšr, ‘eagle; vulture’, attested in the OT some 25 times, indicates a deity in pre-Islamic Arabic texts and inscriptions. In the Old Testament Yhwh’s caring love is sometimes compared with the attitude of an eagle toward its breed (Exod. 19.4; Deut. 32.11).

II. Identity

The oldest attestation of the avian deity can be found in a Sabaic inscription from the vicinity of Mārib dating from the first part of the seventh century bce (YM 375 = YM 1064; TUAT II 628; Müller 1994:91–94). The i…

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B. Becking, “Eagle נשׁר”, 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 20 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Eagle>

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