Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

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Source עין
(1,153 words)

I. Name

Sources (Heb. ʿên, maʿăyān) have great significance in the ancient Near East. Often essential as a water-supply in arid regions, sources could acquire the status of holy places. As such they were either identified as gods or as divine dwelling-places. Also in the Hebrew Bible, there are several traces of a cult of sources and source deities.

II. Identity

Sources are revered in most cultures, especially in arid regions. In the ancient Near East, the more distant they are fr…

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F. Stolz, “Source עין”, 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 21 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Source>



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