El Rophe אל רפא
(679 words)

I. Name

The enigmatic line in Num. 13.19 ʾēl nāʾ rĕpāʾ nāʾ lāh, traditionally rendered as “O, God, do heal her”, has been construed as containing originally the divine name ʾēl rōpēʾ, ‘El Rophe; Healing God’ (Rouillard 1987). This divine name has been compared with the Ug. epithet rpu, ‘Saviour’, occurring in the expression rpu mlk ʿlm and mt rpi, and with the Rephaim (Rouillard 1987:35–42).

II. Identity

The expression rpu mlk ʿlm is generally translated as ‘the Saviour, the eternal King’ (e.g. d…

Cite this page
B. Becking, “El Rophe אל רפא”, 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 19 January 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Elrophe>

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