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Sycomore שׁקמה
(358 words)

I. Name

According to Albright (1968:165) the sycomore fig, Ficus sycomorus, was deified in Palestine, as in Egypt. There is no biblical evidence for such deification in Palestine.

II. Identity

The Egyptian name for sycomore is Nht ( VI, 113–114). The goddess Hathor in Memphis was worshipped as mistress of the sycomore tree. In private tombs from the 18th and 19th dynasty the sycomore is represented by the goddess Nut.

III. Identity in the Bible

שׁקמה, the sycomore, is a common tree in Palestine. The שׁקמה is a k…

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K. Nielsen, “Sycomore שׁקמה”, 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 19 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Sycomore>

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