Tannin תנין
(1,716 words)

I. Name

Tannin occurs in the OT in reference to a sea monster subdued or slain by Yahweh (whether as a proper name or as a common noun meaning “sea monster” or “dragon” is unclear). The term is found also in the sense of “serpent” and (arguably) “crocodile”; further, it appears five times in the plural (tannînîm) with the meaning “sea monsters/dragons” or “snakes”.

The etymology of Tannin is uncertain. BDB suggests a derivation from tnn-I, perhaps to be linked with tnh-II (“recount, rehearse”) as “lam…

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G. C. Heider, “Tannin תנין”, 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 19 January 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Tannin>

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