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Sha שׁע
(332 words)

I. Name

Shaʿ has been construed as a theophoric element in the common West Semitic name Elisha. The identity of the deity is unclear. Albright related the name with the Aramean form of the moongod: SiʾSîn (Avigad 1964:190).

II. Identity

An identification of Sha with the moongod Siʾ or Sin is unlikely; because the rendering of Sin in West Semitic alphabetic scripts is always šʾ with an ʾāleph and never šʿ (Tigay 1986:81). A deity Shaʿ is not attested in cuneiform or West Semitic inscriptions. In th…

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B. Becking, “Sha שׁע”, 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_Sha>

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