Lord מרא
(1,523 words)

I. Name

The title ʾādôn, Aramaic maraʾ, ‘lord’, is used of men and of gods and denotes one’s authority (not: ownership; this notion is more attributed to the word Baal). Usually it concerns the relation between a lord and his subordinates. Its etymology is uncertain (see for a survey of the many options Jenni 1971:31). Most likely seems to be a connection with Ugaritic ad, ‘father’ (Eissfeldt 1973:63; DLU, I, 8–9).

Heb. ʾădōnāy exclusively denotes the god of Israel. It is attested about 45…

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K. Spronk, “Lord מרא”, 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 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Lord>

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