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Sasam ססם
(739 words)

I. Name

Sasam is interpreted as a theophoric element in the personal name sismāy (1 Chr. 2.40; HALAT 719; Fowler 1988: 64). The deity is attested in Canaanite theophoric personal names and as a demon in a Phoenician incantation.

II. Identity

Sasam appears in West semitic theophoric personal names (Fauth 1970:229–233). West Semitic: ša-aš-ma-a (ADD 151: BE:1); Ugaritic: ʿbdssm (UM 73 Rev. 6), bn ssm (PRU II 47:18); Phoenician: ʿbdssm (KAI 35:1; 40:3; 49:11, 46.47; mainly from Cyprus); [s]smy // Σεσμαος (KAI

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B. Becking, “Sasam ססם”, 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 02 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Sasam>

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