(431 words)

I. Name

In the Amarna letters the name of the Judean town of Keila (Josh. 15.44; 1 Sam. 23; 1 Chr. 4.29; Neh. 3.17–18) is written uruQi-il-te/tu, probably to be pronounced /Qiʿiltu/ (EA 279:12; 280:11, 17; 287:11; 289:28; 290:10.18). Jirku related the name to a god whose name he read as dKi-el-ti (1930).

II. Identity

The text in which Jirku found the god Kelti mentioned is KUB 17 no. 20 ii, part of a ritual for the ‘olden gods’ (for a transcription and translation see H. T. Bossert, MIO 4 [1956] 202–203). Line…

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K. van der Toorn, “Kelti”, 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 <>

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