(792 words)

I. Name

The second element of the name of the deity ʾl qn ʾrṣ can etymologically be connected with the verbal-root qny ‘create, acquire (a property)’, which is used for example, in Ps. 139.13 (ʾattā qānîtā kilyōtai ‘you created my kidneys’). The interpretation of the god as ‘El-Creator-of-the-Earth’ therefore seems highly justified. Contrast E. Lipiński (TWAT 7 [1990–1992] 68) who preferred a derivation from qny ‘to keep, to possess’ and translated: ‘El-the-Owner-of the Earth’. T…

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W. Röllig, “El-Creator-of-the-Earth”, 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 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_El_Creator_of_the_Earth>

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