Gad גד
(1,254 words)

I. Name

Gad is the name of a deity of good luck, equivalent to the Greek Tyche and Latin Fortuna. Gad is mentioned together with Meni in Isa. 65.11 as being worshipped in post-exilic Judah. The god is also attested in personal names (e.g. Gaddî, Num. 13.11; Gaddîʾēl, Num. 13.10; ʿAzgād, Ezra 2.12) and place names (e.g. Baʿal-gād, Josh. 11.17 etc.; Migdal-gād, Josh. 15.37), most probably in the sense of an appellative meaning ‘(good) fortune’ rather than as the name of a deity…

Cite this page
S. Ribichini, “Gad גד”, 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 16 January 2019 <>

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