Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

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Thanatos Θάνατος
(1,566 words)

I. Name

Thanatos is the Greek mythological personification of the power of death as a god or a demon. It occurs as the name of a demonic power in the NT (for OT see Mot) in 9 passages (out of a total of 120 occurrences of the word thanatos) in Paul (e.g. 1 Cor. 15.26, 1 Cor. 54–56) and in Rev (e.g. 1 Cor. 20.13–14).

II. Identity

Thanatos as a personification is not frequently found in Greek literature; and when it occurs, it is often doubtful whether the personified Thanatos is merely a poet…

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P. W. van der Horst, “Thanatos Θάνατος”, 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 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Thanatos>

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