Dod דוד
(1,829 words)

I. Name

In the Hebrew Bible the word dwd means ‘Beloved’, ‘Love’, ‘Uncle’ (father’s brother). The etymology of the word is problematic (Sanmartin-Ascaso 1977:153; HALAT 206). The connection to the name David has become rickety (Stamm 1960: 166–169). It has been assumed that Dod serves in the Hebrew Bible as an epithet for Yahweh (e.g. Van Zijl 1960:190).

II. Identity

In Akkadian one finds the word dādu(m), ‘Beloved’, ‘Darling’, used of family members, kings, and deities (CADD. 149). A distinction …

Cite this page
H. M. Barstad, “Dod דוד”, 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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