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Anammelech
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A god of the Sepharvites whose worship included child sacrifice (2 Kgs 17:31). The Sepharvites were people from Sepharvaim (uncertain location) that the conquering Assyrian king resettled in Samaria after his conquest of the northern kingdom of Israel. Anammelech was a companion of the god Adrammelech, though little is known of either. The names may have been used exclusively in Palestine for the gods of a foreign cult.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Anammelech
Anammelech (עֲנַמֶּלֶךְ‎, anammelekh). A god of the Sepharvites whose worship included child sacrifice (2 Kgs 17:31). The Sepharvites were people from Sepharvaim (uncertain location) that the conquering Assyrian king resettled in Samaria after his conquest of the northern kingdom of Israel. Anammelech
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Anammelech (Deity)
ANAMMELECH (DEITY) [Heb ʿănammelek (עֲנַמֶּלֶך)]. A god or goddess to whom, along with Adrammelech, the former inhabitants of Sepharvaim offered child sacrifice (2 Kgs 17:31). Sargon II had settled the Sepharvites in Samaria after deporting much of the local populace.The interpretation of this otherwise
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Anammelech
Anammelech. Deity associated with Adrammelech, who was worshiped by the people of Sepharvaim, whom the Assyrians relocated in Samaria after 722 bc. Anammelech is evidently the Hebrew rendering of the designation for a Mesopotamian deity, Anu-melek, meaning “Anu is King.” Anu was the name of the chief
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Anammelech
Anammelech ə-namʹə-lek [Heb. anammeleḵ—possibly ‘Anu is king’]. One of the gods of Sepharvaim, along with Adrammelech, to whom the Sepharvites burned their children (2 K. 17:31). Formerly, Sepharvaim was identified with Sippar, and the two deities were thought to be Babylonian. However, Sepharvaim
Adrammelech and Anammelech
Adrammelech and Anammelech ə-namʹəl-ek [Heb. ’aḏrammeleḵ (see above) and anammeleḵ—‘Anu is king’ (in Assyr. usage ‘Anu is prince’)]. The names given by the Israelite narrator to the god or gods imported into the Samaritan land by the men of Sepharvaim whom the king of Assyria had settled there
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Anammelech
ANAMMELECH Deity associated with Adrammelech, who was worshiped by the people of Sepharvaim, whom the Assyrians relocated in Samaria after 722 bc. Anammelech is evidently the Hebrew rendering of the designation for a Mesopotamian deity, Anu-melek, meaning “Anu is King.” Anu was the name of the chief
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Anammelech
ANAMMELECH. A deity worshipped, with *Adrammelech, by Sepharvaim colonists placed in Samaria by the Assyrians (2 Ki. 17:31). If *Sepharvaim is interpreted as Babylonian Sippar the name is ‘Anu is king’. However, as the name has initial’ the link with Anu is unlikely, because Akkadian divine names with
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Anammelech
Anammelech (Heb. ʿănammeleḵ)A Sepharvite deity to whom children were sacrificed (2 Kgs. 17:31). Identification is uncertain, possibly the Mesopotamian Anu or Syrian Anath.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Anammelech
Anammelech [ə nămˊə lĕk] (Heb. ˓anammeleḵ, possibly from Akk. Anumalku “Anu is king”). A Sepharvite deity to whom children were sacrificed (2 Kgs. 17:31). Though older commentators identified the Sepharvites with a Mesopotamian people (e.g., KD), more likely they were Syrians worshipping a Syrian
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Anammelech
ANAMMELECH ענמלךI. Anammelech is a god whom the people of Sepharvaim, settled in Samaria by the Assyrians, worshipped beside →Adrammelech, 2 Kgs 17:31. On Sepharvaim as a West Semitic settlement in Babylonia, see Adrammelech.II. Many explain the divine name as a combination of Babylonian Anu with West
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Anammelech
ANAMMELECH A deity to whom the Sepharvaim sacrificed human children (2 Kgs 17:31). One popular interpretation identifies Anammelech with the Mesopotamian sky god Anu. Anammelech was worshipped with Adrammelech; their cult came to Samaria with pagan immigrants settled there by Sargon II (2 Kgs 17:24).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Anammelech
Anam´melech (image of the king), one of the idols worshipped by the colonists introduced into Samaria from Sepharvaim. 2 Kings 17:31. He was worshipped with rites resembling those of Molech, and is the companion-god to Adrammelech.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Anammelech
Anammelechone of the gods worshipped by the people of Sepharvaim, who colonized Samaria (2 Kings 17:31). The name means “Anu is king.” It was a female deity representing the moon, as Adrammelech (q.v.) was the male representing the sun.
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