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Girl נערה
(422 words)

I. Name

The identity of ‘the Girl’ in the phrase “A man and his father go to the girl” (Amos 2.7) is most probably solved when interpreted as a depreciative designation of a female deity, perhaps Ashima (Andersen & Freedman 1989:318–319) or Ashera.

II. Identity

The identity of the deity being unknown, it is impossible to provide information about her. In the ancient Near East comparable words can be used when referring to the feminine deity: in Mesopotamian hymns related to marriage between Ishtar and Dumuzi (Tammu…

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B. Becking, “Girl נערה”, 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 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Girl>

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