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Jalam יעלם
(179 words)

I. Name

The Edomite personal name Jalam/ Yaʿlām (Gen. 36.5, Gen. 14, Gen. 18; 1 Chr. 1.35) has been considered a theophoric containing the presumed Arabic animal-deity Jaʿlam ‘Ibex’. (Robertson Smith 1912).

II. Identity

Unlike the other animal-deities proposed by Robertson Smith (Jaghuṯ; Yaʿûq), Jalam is not attested in pre-Islamic Arabic sources.

III. Identity in the Bible

In the light of the evidence available, it is impossible to decide whether the name Jalam is theophoric or not.…

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B. Becking, “Jalam יעלם”, 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 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Jalam>



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