Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible DDD

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K. van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter Willem van der Horst
Brill, 1999 - Religion - 960 pages
"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 names occur in the biblical books. First published in 1995 and chosen by "Choice" as Best Reference Work of 1996, it is now republished in a new extensively revised edition. 30 entries appear for the first time in the new edition, while more than 100 others have been brought up to date with the latest state of research. Arranged in the order of the Latin alphabet, the more than four-hundred names are those found in the books of the Hebrew and the Greek Bible, Old and New Testament, including the Apocrypha. There are entries on divine names recognized as such by the biblical authors; divine names in theophoric toponyms and anthroponyms; secular terms which occur as divine names in neighbouring civilizations, conjectural divine names, at times based on textual emendation, proposed by modern scholarship; and humans who acquired a semi-divine status in tradition. A typical entry contains a discussion of the pertinent name, its meaning, the religio-historical background, relevant biblical passages and an up-to-date bibliography. Owing to the comprehensive coverage of names and its religio-historical emphasis, the "Dictionary of Deities and Demons" provides crucial information concerning the spiritual world in which the Peoples of the Book have lived. Extensive indices and cross-references provide easy access to the rich information of the dictionary. The "Dictionary of Deities and Demons" is the fruit of a common effort of a group of more than a hundred international scholars from a variety of traditions. Chosen for their specialcompetence, the contributors write about those deities or demons for which their research makes them eminently qualified. Acting as advisors are Hans Dieter Betz (Chicago), Andre Caquot (Paris), Jonas C. Greenfield (Jerusalem), Erik Hornung (Basel), Michael Stone (Jerusalem), and Manfred Weipert (Heidelberg). A Brill-Eerdmans co-publication (0 8028 2491 9)

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The previous edition of this dictionary (Brill, 1995) was the first such reference work on the subject, and this second edition retains that distinction. It is an authoritative resource, an exhaustive ... Read full review

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Fascinating insights into those strange sounding "gods" we read about in Scripture. Liberal presuppositions of the authors is clear. Read w/ discernment. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Karel van der Toorn is President of the University of Amsterdam.

Bob Becking is Professor for Old Testament Studies at Utrecht University, Netherlands.

Van Der Horst is Professor of New Testament, Early Christian Literature, Ancient Judaism and Hellenism at Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

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