Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

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I. Name

“The Shulammite” in Cant. 7.1 is held by some scholars to be a reference to Shulmanitu, an Assyrian war goddess with underworld associations (Albright 1963:5–6; 1969:134, 150, 187).

II. Identity

The name of the goddess is known from Middle Assyrian texts from the reign of Tukulti-Ninurta I (ca. 1243–1207 bce), written ddi(silim)-ni-tu (cf. RIMA 1.259–263). The name also appears in the Tākultu ritual text (KAR 214, ii, 47) and the god list An = Anum (CT 24, 33, Obv. 16 dul-ma-ni-tu = Ištar-uru-silim-ma…

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M. Cogan, “Shulmanitu”, 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 07 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Shulmanitu>

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