Oak אלון
(964 words)

I. Name

According to Albright (1968:165) both the oak, Quercus coccifera, Quercus aegilops, אלון, ʾēlôn or ʾallôn, and the terebinth, *אלה, were deified in the Mediterranean area.

The common view is that אלון, like אלה and אל, is connected with the root *אול II, ‘to be first’ or ‘to be strong’. Pope claims that the etymology of אל remains obscure and he simply refuses to decide whether אל, אלה, and אלון should be derived from ʾw/yl or from some other root (1955:16–19). In his review of Pope’s monograph Albr…

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K. Nielsen, “Oak אלון”, 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 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Oak>

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