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I. Name

It has been speculated that the city of Nahor (Gen. 24.10) was named after a deity Nahor. Nahor the grandfather of Abraham (Gen. 11.22–25; Josh. 24.2) and Nahor the brother of Abraham (Gen. 11.26–29; Gen. 22.20–24; Gen. 24.15, Gen. 24, Gen. 47; Gen. 29.5; Gen. 31.53) would have been named after the city of Nahor, and thus, indirectly, after the god of that name (Lewy 1934).

II. Identity

There is no extra-biblical evidence whatsoever attesting to the cult of a god Nahor. Lewy’s argumen…

Cite this page
K. van der Toorn, “Nahor”, 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 <>

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