Haby חבי
(537 words)

I. Name

In Isa. 26.20 the term חבי (ḥăbî) is usually considered a Qal imperative (aramaizing: חבי = חבה) and translated ‘hide thyself’. Gordon (1985 & 1986) has proposed to understand it as a divine name, Haby, and to interpret this character as the forerunner of the Devil: lēk ʿammî bōʾ baḥădārêkā ûsĕgōr dĕlātĕ(y)kā baʿădekā ḥăbî kimʿaṭ-regaʿ ʿad-yaʿăbo(w)r-zāʿam, “Go, my people, enter into your chambers, and shut your door behind you, until Haby, the W…

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P. Xella, “Haby חבי”, 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 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Haby>

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