Horus חר
(550 words)

I. Name

Hor, Gk. Horos (Horus) is the name of a number of Egyptian gods. It has been suggested that it occurs, as a (theophoric element in) biblical personal name(s). It is found in Šîḥôr, Josh. 13.3; Isa. 23.3; Jer. 2.18; 1 Chr. 13.5; cf. Josh. 19.26. This toponym renders Eg. “Lake of Horus” (on the n-e. Egyptian border), in spite of the Hebrew interpretation as “The Black One” (Bietak 1983:625).

II. Identity

Two are very prominent among the Horuses. The sky-god (A), and the son of Osiris and Isis (B). A i…

Cite this page
M. Heerma van Voss, “Horus חר”, 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 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Horus>

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