Shahan שׁאן
(408 words)

I. Name

II. Identity

In Old Babylonian texts the god Šaḫan occurs a number of times as theophoric element in personal names and place-names; it is always preceded by the divine determinative (references Krebernik 1984). So far, only one independent attestation of the deity is known. One Warad-Šaḫan refers to himself in the inscription on his cylinder seal as “servant of the god Šaḫan” (YOS 14 no. 68). Little is known about the deity. Though identified once with the god Irḫan (Euphrates), the two …

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K. van der Toorn, “Shahan שׁאן”, 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 <>

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