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Og עוג
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I. Name

Of unknown etymology, although some connexion with Osa g̃aig (?), Soqotri ʿaig, Hatraean ʿgʾʾ ‘man’ could be established (RabinErIsr. 8 [1967] 251–154; cf. also Ug. PN bn ʿgy, KTU 4.611:19), Og is attested 22 times in the Bible as the king of Bashan, along with the Amorite king Sihon, both of them vanquished by the Israelite newcomers. More specifically it is said of him that he was “one of the survivors of the Rephaim” (Deut. 3.11; Josh. 12.4; Josh. 13.12 [NEB]) and was huge in stature, as fitted this race of gia…

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G. del Olmo Lete, “Og עוג”, 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 19 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Og>

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