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El-Roi אל ראי
(1,009 words)

I. Name

The name ʾĒl roʾî (El/god of seeing/vision) is attested only once in the OT, in Gen. 16.13. It is best interpreted as a pseudo-archaic divine name inserted by a later redactor of Gen. 16.

II. Identity

The name El-roi is given by Hagar, Sarah’s runaway and pregnant maid, after her flight into the desert and her encounter with a divine messenger. The messenger foretold the birth of a son whom she is instructed to name Ishmael (v 12), a theophoric name of a common type constructed with El and the imperfect of šmʿ (‘may El hear’). Vv 13–…

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A. de Pury, “El-Roi אל ראי”, 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 23 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_El_Roi>

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