Nibhaz is a deity who, like Tartak, was ‘made’ by the men of Awwah (var. Ivvah, 2 Kgs. 19.13) when the Assyrians settled them in Samaria, 2 Kgs. 17.31.
Identification of Awwah with a place written in cuneiform as Ama or Awa is strengthened by the occurrence beside it of Amatu in texts of Sargon II, probably the Hamath of 2 Kgs. 17.30 (H. Winckler, Die Keilschrifttexte Sargons [Leipzig 1889] 46:273–277; cf. Becking 1992:98–99), a collocation observed by Driver (1958:18) and developed by Zadok (19…