Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

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Gillulim גלולים
(974 words)

I. Name

Within the context of OT anti-iconic polemics the designation of deities and/or their images as gillûlîm occurs 48 times (39 in Ezek). The etymology of the noun is a subject of discussion. Many scholars follow Baudissin (1904) in deriving Biblical Heb. gillûlîm from a hypothetical singular noun *galol ‘stela’, whose vocalization has been deliberately modified by the Israelite prophets to correspond to the vowel pattern of the word šiqqûṣîmabominations’. This interpretation rests on an observation in the …

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M. I. Gruber, “Gillulim גלולים”, 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 24 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Gillulim>

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