Amun אמון
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I. Name

Amun, ʒmn, from jmn ‘to hide’: the “Hidden one”. The Greeks identified Amun with Zeus because of his function as chief of the Egyptian pantheon. Amun occurs as divine name in Jer. 46.25 (ʾāmôn minnōʾ Amon of No: Amon of Thebes) and Nah. 3.8 (nōʾ ʾāmôn No-Amon: the city of Amon).

II. Identity

The original nature of Amun is determined by two factors: 1. the close relationship with Min of Koptos, the god of kingship, fertility and virility; 2. the role of Amun as one of the personificati…

Cite this page
J. Assmann, “Amun אמון”, 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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