Gog גוג
(1,370 words)

I. Name

Gog (gwg) occurs as the name of a mysterious figure in Ezek. 38–39. Its etymology is uncertain. A derivation from Sumerian gug (‘black spot’, ‘cornelian’, or ‘shining’, depending on the identification of the root) has been proposed (A. van Hoonacker, ZA 28 [1914] 336), but is highly implausible. The connection with a hypothetical deity ‘Gaga’, mentioned in Ee. III 3 as the vizier of Anshar (Assur), the father of the gods, must be abandoned as the name of the deity in question is…

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J. Lust, “Gog גוג”, 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 20 January 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Gog>

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