Riding Horseman
(1,266 words)

I. Name

Common to most Semitic languages, the root rkb, “to mount (upon)”, is more often used in connection with chariot-driving than with riding upon an animal (such as an equid or a camel (W. B. Barrick, The Meaning and Usage of RKB in Biblical Hebrew, JBL 101 [1982] 481–503;; id./H. Ringgren, TWAT 7, 508–515). Consequently, both the divine name Rakib-Il and divine epithets such as “Rider-upon-the-clouds” do not relate to the imagery of a riding horseman, but to that of a chariot-drivin…

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C. Uehlinger, “Riding Horseman”, 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_Ridinghorseman>



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