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Phoenix חול

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Author(s): R. van den Broek
I. Name The phoenix is a Greek mythical bird which under this name is not found in the Greek Bible (the name of the city Phoenix, Acts 27.12, has nothing to do with this bird; it may derive from a grove of date palms, phoenices [Billigmeier 1977:2–3]), but according to early rabbis and several modern scholars it is referred to in the MT of Job 29.18 under the name ḥôl. II. Identity The origin and early development of the classical Phoenix myth is almost completely unknown. Most probably, its origin lies in the widespread oriental idea of the bird of the sun (Sheme…

Apollo Ἀπόλλων

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Author(s): R. van den Broek
I. Name Apollo is a Greek god whose name occurs as a theophoric element in the names Ἀπόλλως ( Acts 18.24, var. lect.: Ἀπελλῆς, Ἀπολλώνιος [of which Apollos is a diminutive]; Acts 19.1, var. lect.: Ἀπελλῆς, 1 Cor. 1.12; 1 Cor. 3.4, 1 Cor. 5, 1 Cor. 6, 1 Cor. 22; 1 Cor. 4.6; 1 Cor. 16.12 and Titus 3.13), Ἀπελλῆς ( Rom. 16.10), Ἀπολλωνία ( Acts 17.1, var. lect. Ἀπολλωνίς), and Ἀπολλύων ( Rev. 9.11). II. Identity Apollo is the most typical divine representative of classical Greek culture, the Greek god par excellence, though there is no doubt that he was of non-Greek origin…