Bashan בשׁן
(1,488 words)

I. Name

Hebrew bāšān I ‘fertile, stoneless piece of ground’ (HALAT, 158), should be distinguished from Heb. bāšān II ‘serpent’, which is etymologically cognate with Ug. bṯn ‘serpent’ (Akk. bašmu; Ar. baṯan; Day 1985:113–119; see also Heb. peten: cf. HALAT 930). A relation between bāšān I and II was proposed by Albright (BASOR 110 [1948] 17, n. 53; HUCA 23 [1950–1951] 27–28; cf. Fensham, JNES 19 [1960] 292–293; Dahood 1981:145–146). He interpreted Bashan, ‘Serpent’, as a nickname…

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G. del Olmo Lete, “Bashan בשׁן”, 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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