Orion כסיל
(1,123 words)

I. Name

The Heb. word כסיל, vocalized kĕsîl, is the name of a constellation or individual star mentioned three times in the OT (Amos 5.8; Job 9.9; Job 38.31), in each instance in connection with kîmâ (Pleiades), and once in a plural form at Isa. 13.10. It is usually identified with Orion, though the evidence of the ancient versions and later sources is ambiguous. The plural should be understood in a general sense as ‘constellations’. As a common noun, kĕsîl has the sense ‘fool’, ‘stupid fellow’.

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L. Zalcman, “Orion כסיל”, 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_Orion>

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