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Python Πυθών
(995 words)

I. Name

Pythōn occurs just once in NT and indicates the oracular spirit of a slave-girl (Acts 16.16). There are two further occurrences in the Sibylline Oracles (5:182; 11:315). Sib. Or. 11:315 is possibly connected with the dragon Python. Traditions concerning Python may be incorporated in Rev. 12.

II. Identity

Python is the Dragon (drakōn Euripides, Iph. Taur. 1245; Pausanias 10.6.6; Lucian, De Astr. 23; draco ingens Hyginus, Fab. 140; δράκαινα Hom. Hymn to Apollo 300) or Serpent (Fontenrose 1980:55) t…

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J. W. van Henten, “Python Πυθών”, 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 22 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Python>

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