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Lahmu לחם
(477 words)

I. Name

Laḫmu has been proposed as a divine name or theophoric element in the OT in certain especially old texts and names, particularly the Song of Deborah (Judg. 5.8) and the place name Bethlehem.

II. Identity

Laḫmu is clearly (albeit rarely) attested in Sumerian and in the Akkadian literature of the Old Akkadian, Standard Babylonian and Neo-Assyrian periods and at Mari. As a divine name Laḫmu appears paired with Laḫamu in the theogony of Enuma Elish, begotten by Apsu (Ends of the earth) and Tiamat (the wate…

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G. C. Heider, “Lahmu לחם”, 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 23 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Lahmu>

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