Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

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I. Name

Ὑ/ὑάκινθος is the name of a pre-Greek and Greek masculine deity or hero and of a species of flower, by extension also of things having the colour of this flower, such as a specific gem-stone, and apparently in the LXX a fabric and a kind of leather. The deity is not referred to in the Bible, the flower possibly but not necessarily in Sir. 40.4 (no Hebrew text) “who wears stephanos (garland?) and hyacinth”, the gem-stone at Rev. 21.20, the fabric and leather mainly in the descriptions or inventorie…

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G. Mussies, “Hyacinthus”, 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 22 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Hyacinthus>

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