Shahar שׁחר
(1,283 words)

I. Name

In the Hebrew Bible šaḥar “dawn” appears in a variety of prose and poetic texts (23 times), in three personal names, a placename, and the superscription of a psalm. It is possible that a few of these were understood to allude to a deity. Cognates of šaḥar occur as a divine name at Ugarit (Šḥr), at Emar (Šaḫru, Emar. nos. 369:24, 52; 371: 10), and in Old South Arabic (Sḥr), and may be interpreted as referring to a deity in personal names in various Semitic languages.

The Akkadian cognate, šēru, …

Cite this page
S. B. Parker, “Shahar שׁחר”, 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 16 January 2019 <>

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