Sı̂n סן
(537 words)

I. Name

Sîn is the name of the Babylonian moongod, attested as theophoric element in Assyrian and Babylonian personal names. In the Old Testament in the names Sanherib (sanḥērı̄b), Sanballat (sanballaṭ) and Shenazzar (šenʾaṣṣar).

II. Identity

The name Sîn (earlier Suen, Suin) survived in the Aramaic speaking world as the name of the moongod residing in Harran (J. N. Postgate, RLA IV/2–3 [1973] 124–5; Drijvers 1980; Tubach 1986; Green 1992). This cult, already attested at the beginning of the second millen…

Cite this page
M. Stol, “Sı̂n סן”, 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 15 January 2019 <>

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