Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

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I. Name

Ram has been speculated to be the name of a deity on the basis of the name Abram, interpreted theophorically as ‘Ram is father’ (Lewy 1934).

II. Identity

The only extra-biblical evidence in support of an alleged deity Ram is the Assyrian anthroponym Shu-Rama, ‘He of Rama’ (Lewy 1934:59 n. 72). There can be no doubt about the correctness of Lewy’s reading. In addition to the two references given by Lewy (CCT 1 Pl. 46a:20; Pl. 46b: 14), the name also occurs in AKT 1.72:2.3.6; KBo. 9.6:2; KBo. 28.159:2; 167:3…

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K. van der Toorn, “Ram”, 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 28 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Ram>

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