The mouth or utterance of a god—the two notions are often expressed with the same word (Sum. ka, Akk. pû)—is sometimes made into an independent deity in Mesopotamia. The etymological equivalent in Hebrew (peh) does not seem to have enjoyed a comparable divine status.
In third millennium texts the Akkadian word pûm, ‘mouth, word’, occurs repeatedly as a theophoric element in personal names; its divinity is marked by the divine determinative (Gelb 1992:126–127). First found as…