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I. Name

The name of the Egyptian god Khonsu occurs once in the Apocrypha of the Old Testament (3 Macc. 6.38) as part of the Egyptian name of the ninth month of the year and first month of the summer season: Pachôn, i.e. ‘He of Khonsu’.

II. Identity

The god Khonsu was mostly represented in the form of a mummy with the head of a child wearing the sidelock of youth or with the head of a hawk. In both cases he usually wears the sign of the moon on his head. He was a moongod.…

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H. te Velde, “Khonsu”, 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 <>

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