Raven ערב
(385 words)

I. Name

The raven, known in the Old Testament as a messenger bird (Gen. 8.7), has been associated with the divine in Mesopotamia (Nash 1990:75) and Ugarit.

II. Identity

In the Neo-Assyrian ‘God description text’, the parts of the body of a deity are mystically compared with elements, metals, animals, foods, trees, fruits etc. known from the physical world. The ‘mole’ of the deity is metaphorically seen as a ‘raven’: ú.naga. mušen (āribu) ki-pil-šú ‘his mole is a raven’ (Livingstone 1986:94 I:9 = …

Cite this page
B. Becking, “Raven ערב”, 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_Raven>

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