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Magog מגוג
(998 words)

I. Name

Magog (māgôg) is known from the Bible only (Gen. 10.2; Ezek. 38–39; 1 Chr. 1.5). Together with Gog, Magog came to be used in traditions harking back to Ezek. 38–39 as a symbol of the superhuman adversaries of God and his people at the end of time.

II. Identity

The etymology of Magog is uncertain. The word is almost certainly related to, and maybe derived from, Gog. The ma at the beginning of the word may be understood as representing the Assyrian determinative mat (status constructus of matu, ‘country’), ind…

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J. Lust, “Magog מגוג”, 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 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Magog>

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