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Dictionary of deitiell and demon~ in the Dible (DOD) I Karel van der Toorn. Dictionary or deities and demons In the BIble: (DOD) I Karel van dcr Toorn ed. - . The Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible is the single major work of reference on the gods, angels, demons, spirits and semi-divine heroes whose. Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking and Pieter W. van der Horst The Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online contains academic articles on.
Baal Baal, sometimes called Bel, was the supreme god among the Canaanites, worshiped in many forms, but often as a sun god or storm god. He was a fertility god who supposedly made the earth bear crops and women bear children. Rites involved with Baal worship included cult prostitution and sometimes human sacrifice. A famous showdown occurred between the prophets of Baal and Elijah at Mount Carmel.
Worshiping Baal was a recurring temptation for the Israelites, as noted in the book of Judges. Different regions paid homage to their own local variety of Baal, but all worship of this false god infuriated God the Father , who punished Israel for their unfaithfulness to him.
Chemosh Chemosh, the subduer, was the national god of the Moabites and was also worshiped by the Ammonites. Rites involving this god were said to be cruel also and may have involved human sacrifice. Dagon was a god of water and grain.
Samson , the Hebrew judge, met his death at the temple of Dagon. In 1 Samuel , after the Philistines captured the ark of the covenant , they placed it in their temple next to Dagon. The next day Dagon's statue was toppled to the floor.
They set it upright, and the next morning it was again on the floor, with the head and hands broken off. Later, the Philistines put King Saul 's armor in their temple and hung his severed head in the temple of Dagon.
Egyptian Gods Ancient Egypt had more than 40 false gods, although none are mentioned by name in the Bible. The hefty tome contains over entries, which, when reduced by approximately cross-Jistings, leaves a total of close to separate articles.
It is an international effort, with participants from Europe, North America, and Israel, who each contributed anywhere from one to forty-six articles. Each article contains as many as five sections: a discussion of the divine name or title, its meaning, and etymology; a study of the deity outside the Bible, be it in Ancient Near Eastern or classical literature ; the deity in the Hebrew Bible; the deity in Christian Scripture; bibliography.
The second edition has twenty-one more entries than the first edition,1 and many entries have been revised, corrected, and updated. For 1 According to the preface to the revised edition there are "some thirty" new articles.
DDD's Bible thus consists of the Jewish canon, the complete Septuagint including apocryphal and pseudepigraphic books, and the twenty-seven books of the New Testament.
The introduction explains that four types of deities are included: gods still recognized as such by the authors and the audience; gods mentioned in proper nouns; demythologized or decommissioned gods mentioned albeit not in their capacity as gods; and "ghost-gods" whose presence has been posited by individual scholars but whose actual mention in the Bible or in the Ancient Near East remains questionable.
Yet these categories do not exhaust the true range of topics covered. Some gods are represented in several articles by their name, the natural phenomenon they are associated with, and certain epithets by which they are known. There are also articles on divine symbols, deified cult objects, divine manifestations, divine attributes, divine titles, and even pejoratives or euphemisms.
Gods and other concepts not eligible for separate entries but discussed in passing are registered in an index.