Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

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Meriri מרירי
(430 words)

I. Name

On the basis of the alleged parallelism of mĕrîrî with Resheph and Behemoth in Deut. 32.24, Gordis has urged that “it seems highly reasonable to assume that Meriri is also a mythological term, probably representing a type of demon” (1943:178). Others make a similar suggestion (cf. HALAT 601 s.v. מרירי); it is without solid foundation, though.

II. Identity

Since a supposed demon Meriri is not attested in extrabiblical texts from the ancient Near East, the proof rests entirely on Deut. 32.24. It cannot be denied that this …

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K. van der Toorn, “Meriri מרירי”, 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 21 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Meriri>

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