Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible

Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible

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Selected by Choice as an qOutstanding Academic Book of 1996q and now extensively revised, the Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible, co-published by Eerdmans and Brill, is the only major reference work describing the gods, angels, demons, spirits, and semidivine heroes found in Scripture. Written by 100 leading experts in the field, the more than 400 alphabetically arranged articles cover every deity whose name occurs in the Hebrew and Greek scriptures, including the Apocrypha. In this second edition of the Dictionary, thirty entries appear for the first time. More than 100 others have been brought up to date with the latest research. A typical entry contains: -- discussion of each deity named and its meaning; -- the religio-historical background of each deity and the biblical passages in which it is found; -- an up-to-date bibliography and cross-references to related information found in the dictionary. Unique in subject matter and exhaustive in coverage, this volume will be an indispensable resource tool for scholars and students from a broad range of disciplines.deities of Ohrmazda#39;s (Ahura Mazdaa#39;s) good creation are his antagonists, mostly Wahman and Shrosh. ... BOYCE aamp; GRENET 1991:414), namely the importance of generously dispensing alms (Tob 4:9-10; 14:2). the account of the little dog ( Tob 6:1; 1 1 :4) and the mentioning of the demon Asmodeus. ... This difference should not be ignored because Aeshma is the main auxiliary of the Iranian evil sphere.

Title:Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Author: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter Willem van der Horst
Publisher:Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing - 1999

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