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Mighty One of Jacob אביר יעקב
(1,131 words)

I. Name

‘The mighty one of Jacob’ was interpreted as a divine name by Alt (1929). He classified it as a designation of one of the anonymous gods ‘of the father’. The only place where it may occur as a proper name is Gen. 49.24; elsewhere it is always an epithet of Yahweh (Isa. 49.26; Isa. 60.16; Ps. 132.2–5; cf. Sir. 51.12; see also ʾăbîr yiśrāʾēl as a parallel to ʾădōn and yhwh ṣĕbāʾōt in Isa. 1.24). It is doubtful whether ʾăbîr Yaʿăqōb may be translated as “Bull of Jacob” (Cross 1973:4). The only possi…

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M. Köckert, “Mighty One of Jacob אביר יעקב”, 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 05 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Mightyoneofjacob>

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