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Rakib-El
(515 words)

I. Name

Rakib-El is known to have been the god of the kings of Samʾal, a Neo-Hittite dynasty in South-East Anatolia. It has been suggested that the Rechabites, a religious minority group in ancient Israel, were originally named after Rakib-El (Ramey 1968). A variant proposal connects the name with the god Rkb, presumably short for Rakib-El or the epithet rkb ʿrpt, ‘Rider of the clouds’ (Blenkinsopp 1972)

II. Identity

Rakib-El is a poorly known deity whose name occurs a number of times in Pho…

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K. van der Toorn, “Rakib-El”, 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 21 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Rakib_El>



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