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Pleiades כימה
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I. Name

The Hebrew noun כימה, vocalized kîmâ, is the name of a constellation or individual star mentioned three times in the OT (Amos 5.8; Job 9.9; Job 38.31), in each instance in connection with kĕsîl (Orion). It is usually identified with the Pleiades, although the evidence of the ancient versions is highly equivocal. This identification is confirmed by Geez, Tigre kema = Pleiades and by the appearance (Lambert 1984:396–397) of kà-ma-tù in a lexical list at Ebla as the equivalent of Sumerian …

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L. Zalcman, “Pleiades כימה”, 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 20 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Pleiades>

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