Keseʾ כסא
(700 words)

I. Name

The Hebrew word keseʾ ‘full moon’ (?) occurs in two Bible passages (Ps. 81.4; Prov. 7.20), and possibly in a third as well (Job 26.9). The word is also known in other West-Semitic languages. J.-M. Durand identifies a Mesopotamian divinity Kisa with West-Semitic keseʾ, attested in a Ugaritic god list under the form ksa (1997: 279).

II. Identity

In an Old Babylonian augury text (divination by birds), some omens are interpreted to signify ‘presence of Kisa’ (ma(-an)-za-az ki-sa). The fact that th…

Cite this page
K. van der Toorn, “Keseʾ כסא”, 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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