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Lamp נר
(907 words)

I. Name

The Hebrew noun nîr or nēr, denotes a light-giving body and is never used as a divine name, but it may occur as a surname of a deity or as the name of a being participating in the divine sphere, such as an angel. Its Akkadian equivalent nūru, as well as Ugaritic nrt and nyr, are used metaphorically as epithets of the Sun-deity called “the lamp of the gods” or “the lamp of heavens and earth” (AHW 805b; CAD N, 348–349; KTU 1.2.iii:15; 1.3.v:17; etc.). Similar epithets are attributed also to other gods, even to Yahweh…

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Lipi$ski, “Lamp נר”, 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 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Lamp>

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