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Avenger גמר
(451 words)

I. Name

In Ps. 57.3 the designation Elohim Elyon occurs in parallelism with “the god who avenges me”. Dahood took the expression ʾēl gōmēr to be a reminiscence of a divine name Gomer El (1953). He translated the expression as ‘the Avenger El’ (1968: 49).

II. Identity

The root gmr is well attested in the Semitic languages (Ges18 223). From the basic denotation ‘to come to an end, to bring to an end’, it has developed the secondary senses ‘to destroy’ (Phoen. mgmr means ‘destruction’) and ‘to avenge’ (i…

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K. van der Toorn, “Avenger גמר”, 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 22 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Avenger>



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