Serug שׂרוג
(246 words)

I. Name

It has been speculated that the biblical figure of Serug, a relative of the Israelite patriarchs (Gen. 11.20–23), bears the name of the city Sarug known from first millennium cuneiform sources. The city, in turn, would have been named after a deity (Lewy 1934).

II. Identity

There is no extra-biblical evidence whatsoever attesting to the cult of a god Serug (or Sarug). Lewy’s argument is based on circular reasoning. He writes: “In view of the evidence that the cities of Ḫarrān, Naḫur, and Sarū…

Cite this page
K. van der Toorn, “Serug שׂרוג”, 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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