(277 words)

I. Name

The Edomite personal name Yĕʿûš (Gen. 36.5, Gen. 14, Gen. 18; 1 Chr. 1.35; 1 Chr. 7.10; 1 Chr. 8.39; 1 Chr. 23.10, 1 Chr. 11; 2 Chr. 11.19) has been interpreted as a theophoric name comparable with the Arabian lion god Yaǧūṯ,‘the protector’, and the Nabataean deity yʿwt (Robertson Smith 1912).

II. Identity

Islamic traditions refer to the worship of a deity called Yaǧūṯ among the pre-islamic tribe of the Maḏḥiǧ and in the area of Ǧuraš in Yemen. Qur‘an Sura 71:20–25 and Ibn …

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B. Becking, “Jaghut”, 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 22 January 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Jaghut>

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