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I. Name

A deity Yaʿûq was worshipped by pre-Islamic Arabs. The personal names Yaʿăqān (Num. 33.31, Num. 32; Deut. 10.6; 1 Chr. 1.42) and ʿăqān (Gen. 36.27) have been interpreted as containing a reference to an animal deity worshipped by the Edomites (Roberston Smith 1912:455–483).

II. Identity

Islamic traditions refer to the cult of a deity Yaʿûq among the pre-islamic tribe of the Hamdān In the Yemenite village Ḫaiwān (North of Ṣan̂ā), there was a cult-centre. The Qurʾan Sure 71:20–…

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B. Becking, “Yaʿuq”, 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_Yauq>

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