Asham אשׁם
(510 words)

I. Name

The divine name iṯm is attested as the second element of the divine binomial šgr w iṯm in the sacrificial list recorded on RS 24.643 verso (KTU 1.148:31) and has been interpreted as related to the Hebrew word ʾāšām, ‘guilt’ and ‘guilt-offering’ (Astour 1966:281–282).

II. Identity

A new syllabically written ‘pantheon’ text from Ras Shamra now lays to rest the identification of iṯm with Hebrew ʾāšām. In 1992.2004:14 (reading and interpretation courtesy D. Arnaud) the entry …

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D. Pardee, “Asham אשׁם”, 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 17 January 2019 <>

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