Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

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Stars כוכבים
(3,680 words)

I. Name

The Hebrew term kôkāb, kôkābîm derives from the proto-Semitic root *kbkb, meaning ‘star’ in the great majority of the other Semitic languages (Ug. kbkb; Akk. kakkabu; Aram. kôkbāʾ, kôkabtāʾ [specifically of Planet Venus]; Ar. kawkab; Eth. kokab). It is attested 37 times in the Bible. In the NT two Greek terms are used for ‘star’: ἀστήρ, attested 24 times, and ἄστρον, attested 4 times. Stars were widely regarded as gods.

II. Identity

The stars, as created by God (Gen. 1.16; Amos 5.8; Job 9.9; Ps. 148.5; Wis. 13.2), the…

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F. Lelli, “Stars כוכבים”, 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 23 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Stars>

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