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Typhon Τυφών
(1,824 words)

I. Name

The adjective typhōnikos in Acts 27.14 indicates that the Eurakylōn was a stormy wind. The word derives from the noun typhōn which stands for a whirlwind in Philo, Deus 89. Both meanings can be connected with the monstrous figure Typhōn in Greek mythology. Josephus hints at a related god in Ap. 1.237.

II. Identity

Typhon appears in Greek myths as the opponent of Zeus or even of all gods. He is the youngest son of Tartaros and Gaia and has several names (Typhōeus, Typhōs, Typhaōn and Typhōn), which wer…

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J. W. van Henten, “Typhon Τυφών”, 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 22 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Typhon>

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