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Phoenix חול
(1,779 words)

I. Name

The phoenix is a Greek mythical bird which under this name is not found in the Greek Bible (the name of the city Phoenix, Acts 27.12, has nothing to do with this bird; it may derive from a grove of date palms, phoenices [Billigmeier 1977:2–3]), but according to early rabbis and several modern scholars it is referred to in the MT of Job 29.18 under the name ḥôl.

II. Identity

The origin and early development of the classical Phoenix myth is almost completely unknown. Most probably, its origin …

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R. van den Broek, “Phoenix חול”, 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 04 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Phoenix>

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