Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

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I. Name

Shaushka can be treated as an important Hurrian goddess. Her name is written either in syllabic (e.g. dŠa-(u)-uš-ga) or in ideographic form (e.g. dIŠTAR(-ka)) in texts from Boghazköy, Nuzi or Alalakh; alphabetic texts from Ugarit spell her name šušk or šwšk. In Jer. 25.26; Jer. 51.41 the name Sheshach has been erroneously interpreted as a reference to this goddess.

II. Identity

The ideographic spelling of the name suggests that Shaushka is connected with Ishtar (of Niniveh) with whom she s…

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M. Hutter, “Shaushka”, 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 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Shaushka>

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