Light אור
(630 words)

I. Name

The Hebrew noun אור, traditionally vocalized ʾûr when it means ‘fire’, and ʾôr when it refers to the ‘light’ provided by fire, is never used as a divine name in the Bible. It occurs as a divine predicate, though, and was personified in the post-biblical period. The theophoric element אור of proper names mentioned in Aramaic inscriptions from the Persian period (L. Delaporte, Epigraphes araméens [Paris 1912], nos. 48–50) is a transcription of Amurru (R. Zadok, On West Semites in Babylonia [Jerus…

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E. Lipi, “Light אור”, 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 16 January 2019 <>

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