(531 words)

I. Name

Hathor (“Mansion of Horus”) is an Egyptian goddess. According to Clédat (1919), Hathor occurs as the second element in the place-name Pî haḥîrōt, Exod. 14.2, Exod. 9; Num. 33.7–8. The first part renders Eg. pr, “House (of)”, but was interpreted (KB) as Heb. “Mouth (of the Canals)”.

II. Identity

Hathor is often pictured as a woman in the prime of life. Sometimes, however, bovine ears, and frequently horns betray her original, non-antropomorphic shape. She is a co…

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M. Heerma van Voss, “Hathor”, 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 20 January 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Hathor>

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