The Designation ‘King of Terrors’ (mlk blhwt) occurs only once in the OT, in Job 18.14. Some commentators describe the term ‘King of Terrors’ as a metaphorical expression with some mythological background that was common in the ancient world; compare rex tremendus in Virgil, Georgics 4.469 (Fohrer 1988:304).
Attempts at identifying the ‘King of Terrors’ with ancient Near Eastern deities of the underworld remain doubtful. According to Irwin, Job 18.14 is an allusion to the r…
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“King of Terrors מלך בלהות”, in:
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst.
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