Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

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Father אב
(1,052 words)

I. Name

Heb. ʾāb, ‘father’ (a primitive Semitic noun, with idiosyncratic plurals), is of unknown etymology but is widely taken to represent a child’s early stammer. ʾĀb and its congeners refer to the biological or social father—ancestral figure, protector—and are used as an honorary title for men of importance, such as elders or the king, and for deities. In the Bible, ‘father’ occurs frequently as a divine epithet and as a theophoric element in personal names.

II. Identity

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H. B. Huffmon, “Father אב”, 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 21 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Father>



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