Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

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Dedan דתן
(508 words)

I. Name

Dedan is one of the ancestors of the royal families of Ugarit and Assyria. According to Ugaritic texts he was deified. In both Ugaritic and Akkadian texts he is also named Datan or Ditan. This name can be related to Akk. ditānu, didānu, ‘bison’ (AHW 173) or to Akk. datnu, ‘warlike’. It also appears as a personal name in the OT, viz. dātān (Num. 16.1; Deut. 11.6; Ps. 106.17).

II. Identity

Didanu, Ditanu, or also Tidanu, is the name of a tribe living in the western part of ancient Mesopotamia first mentione…

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K. Spronk, “Dedan דתן”, 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 25 April 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Dedan>



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