Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

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Goʾel גאל
(782 words)

I. Name

In ancient Israel, the gōʾēl, ‘redeemer’, acted within the social system as the protector and defender of the interests of the kinship group. Metaphorically, gōʾēl occurs as an epithet for Yahweh; besides, in Job 19.25, gōʾēl indicates an independent deity. On a societal level, several functions are attributed to the gōʾēl in the Hebrew texts: he acted as the next of kin to buy up or buy back property to prevent its being lost from the group (Lev. 25.25); he could redeem, or pay off, the debt of a kinsperson who h…

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E. T. Mullen, Jr., “Goʾel גאל”, 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 02 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Goel>

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