Shelah שׁלח
(815 words)

I. Name

Shelaḥ has been interpreted as a theophoric element in the personal names Mĕtûšālaḥ (Gen. 5.21, Gen. 22, Gen. 25–27; 1 Chr. 1.3) Šālaḥ (Gen. 10.24; Gen. 11.14; 1 Chr. 1.18) and Šilḥî (1 Kgs. 22.42; 2 Chr. 20.31). He has been interpreted as the god of the infernal river of the Canaanite population of Palestine and Phoenicia (Tsevat 1954). In Ugarit šlḥ is one of the names of the river of death.

II. Identity

The deity occurs in the Phoenician personal names אבשׁלח (Harris 1936:27; not…

Cite this page
B. Becking, “Shelah שׁלח”, 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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