Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

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God of Fortresses מעזים
(746 words)

I. Name

As used in Dan. 11.38, the ‘god of fortresses’ (מעזים אלה) has been treated in the Greek Theodotion and in the Vulgate translation of the book of Daniel as a divine name (θεὸς μαωζιν respectively deus Maozim). This name has ever since been equated with a variety of Semitic, Greek or Roman deities.

II. Identity

Jerome already mentions in his commentary on Dan (Dan. 11.31; GLAJJ 2, 469) Porphyry, who “offered an absurd explanation” of the god Maozim. For the latter asserted that the genera…

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M. J. Mulder, “God of Fortresses מעזים”, 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 01 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Godoffortresses>

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