Shalem שׁלם
(1,079 words)

I. Name

Shalem (presumably the divine power symbolized by Venus as the Evening Star) occurs as a deity (Šlm/Salim) in the texts from Ugarit and may well occur as a divine name Šalim/Salim in personal names among the earliest known Semites of Mesopotamia and the later Amorites. Shalem is interpreted as a divine name in the place names Jerusalem (yĕrûšālaim) and Salem (Šālēm), and is also interpreted as a theophoric element in some personal names, notably those of David’s sons Absalom (ʾAbšālô…

Cite this page
H. B. Huffmon, “Shalem שׁלם”, 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 17 January 2019 <>

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