Dew טל
(811 words)

I. Name

‘Dew’ (which, for the ancients, included very fine rain and mist and even exudations on leaves and was caused by the stars; cf. ARTU 7–8, note 38; Isa. 26.19) has a special significance as a prerequisite of fertility in areas of the Middle East where rain is limited and there is no possibility of river-irrigation. It is especially important in the summer on the Palestinian coastal plain and nearby sea-facing slopes. Some specific crops depend o…

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J. F. Healey, “Dew טל”, 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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