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Mouth פה
(342 words)

I. Name

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.

II. Identity

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 a deif…

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K. van der Toorn, “Mouth פה”, 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 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Mouth>

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