Sisera סיסרא
(375 words)

I. Name

The personal name סיסרא (Judg. 4; Judg. 5; 1 Sam. 12.9; Ps. 83.10) has generally been interpreted as a non-Hebrew name (IPN 64). The name has been related to the Luwian personal name zi-za-ru-wa (HALAT 710; Soggin 1981:63). Garbini related Sisera to the name of a Minoan deity (j)a-sa-sa-ra (1978:17–21).

II. Identity

The name (j)a-sa-sa-ra appears in some Minoan linear A inscriptions. It can be interpreted as a divine name. According to Ktistopulos (apud Carratelli 1976:125) this deity can b…

Cite this page
B. Becking, “Sisera סיסרא”, 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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