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Kinnaru כנור
(600 words)

I. Name

The word kinnôr (‘lyre’) occurs some 42 times in MT. Stringed instruments used in the cult, such as the lyre, were at times deified in the cultures surrounding Israel.

II. Identity

The term knr appears 6 times in the Ugaritic texts, both as a stringed instrument (e.g. KTU 1.19 i:8; 1.108:4), and as a divine name in the Ugaritic pantheon lists KTU 1.47:32 = 1.118:31, in the Akkadian list RS 20.24:31 (d.giki-na-rum), and in the sacrificial list KTU 1.148:9.38, where the god receives one sheep. In vi…

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N. Wyatt, “Kinnaru כנור”, 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 06 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Kinnaru>

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