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Tammuz תמוז
(4,016 words)

I. Name

Tammûz is a deity of Mesopotamian origin whose cult, according to a vision reported in Ezek. 8.14, was introduced into the temple in Jerusalem, where women are said to wail over the death of the god at the north gate of the temple.

Heb. Tammûz derives from Sum. dDumu-zi. The Sumerian name means “the good son”, or “the right son”. In Akkadian the name is mostly written with the Sumerian ideogram and pronounced Dumuzu, or Duwuzu, Neo-Assyrian Duʾuzu or Dûzu. The month named after him was rendered as Duʾuzu (MS…

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B. Alster, “Tammuz תמוז”, 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 29 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Tammuz>

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