Adat אדת
(431 words)

I. Name

The Ugaritic male title adn (Lord) for god and men has a female counterpart: adt (< *adattu < *adāntu). Eissfeldt (1939) proposed to read in the lament Jer. 22.18 wĕhôy ʾādāt, ‘oh, Mistress’, implying that a female deity is invoked.

II. Identity

At Ugarit, adt occurs as the female counterpart to adn. adt is not only used to indicate the Ugaritic queen-mother, but also the mother-goddess as can be inferred from names like bn adty = dumua-da-ta-ya (PRU VI, 83 iv:11); fA-da-ti-ya (PRU III, p.114:…

Cite this page
M. Dijkstra, “Adat אדת”, 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 23 January 2019 <>

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