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Rider upon the Clouds בערבות רכב
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I. Name

In Ps. 68.5[Ps. 4] Yahweh is referred to as the rōkēb bāʿărābôt. Though often translated as ‘rider through the steppe’ (based on the meaning ‘steppe’ of Hebr ʿărābâ), the expression is thought to reflect the Ugaritic epithet rkb ʿrpt, ‘Rider upon the clouds’, traditionally given to Baal.

II. Identity

In the mythological texts of Ras Shamra the god Baal repeatedly gets the epithet rkb ʿrpt. It is rendered with slight nuances as ‘Rider of the Clouds’, ‘Rider on the Clouds’, ‘Who m…

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W. Herrmann, “Rider upon the Clouds בערבות רכב”, 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 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Riderupontheclouds>

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