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Sidon צידן
(494 words)

I. Name

The ancient Phoenician city of Sidon, situated 25 miles north of Tyre, plays a considerable role in biblical literature. It came to stand for Phoenicia in general (Schmitz 1992:17). Lewy has argued that the city bears the name of the demon Ṣı̄dānu known from the Myth of Nergal and Ereshkigal (1934).

II. Identity

In Assyrian records, the city of Sidon is written ṣi-du-nu (S. Parpola, Neo-Assyrian Toponyms [AOAT 6; Neukirchen-Vluyn 1970] 322–323). The name thus resembles the Akkadian word for vertigo (s…

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K. van der Toorn, “Sidon צידן”, 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 25 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Sidon>

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