Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

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Lies כזבים
(368 words)

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The plural noun kĕzābîm ‘lies’ without any pronominal suffix is attested 10 times in the Hebrew Bible independent of any association with gods, demons or idolatry. It is widely held, however, that the form kizbêhem (‘their lies’ with third person plural pronominal suffix) in Amos 2.4, is employed there as a dysphemism referring to gods. According to this interpretation, which goes back to LXX, it is alleged there that in the middle of the 8th century bce Judaeans abandoned the Lord and His Teaching and reverted to the wo…

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M. I. Gruber, “Lies כזבים”, 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 24 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Lies>

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