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Nisroch
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The god in whose temple Sennacherib was murdered (2 Kgs 19:37; Isa 37:38). The issues surrounding the biblical name Nisroch include the fact that Assyrian sources do not mention any such god. It is possible that Nisroch is Enlil, whose name was sometimes used as an epithet of Asshur, Assyria’s chief god. Or, Nisroch may be Ninurta, Assyrian god of war.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Nisroch
Nisroch (נִסְרֹךְ‎, nisrokh). The god in whose temple Sennacherib was murdered (2 Kgs 19:37; Isa 37:38). The issues surrounding the biblical name Nisroch include the fact that Assyrian sources do not mention any such god. It is possible that Nisroch is Enlil, whose name was sometimes used as an epithet
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Nisroch (Deity)
NISROCH (DEITY) [Heb nisrōk (נִסְרֹך)]. According to 2 Kgs 19:37 (Isa 37:38), the god in whose temple Sennacherib was assassinated. The identity of Nisroch is problematic, since Assyrian sources do not attest to any god with such a name. One possible candidate is the god Enlil, whose name was sometimes
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Nisroch
Nisroch. God of King Sennacherib, in whose temple at Nineveh the king was assassinated by Adrammelech and Sharezer, his sons (2 Kgs 19:37; Is 37:38). Nisroch was the city god of Nineveh, the chief capital of the Assyrian Empire; he was perhaps identical with the Assyrian god Nusku.Nisroch—from the
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Nisroch
Nisroch nisʹrok [Heb nisrōḵ]. God of a temple in which Sennacherib was assassinated (2 K. 19:37; Isa. 37:38). The name, unattested in voluminous cuneiform sources, cannot easily be equated with Marduk or Nusku. Although any identification is problematical, sporadic omissions of n from transcriptions
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Nisroch
NISROCH The god of King Sennacherib, in whose temple at Nineveh the king was assassinated by Adrammelech and Sharezer, his sons (2 Kgs 19:37; Is 37:38). Nisroch was the city god of Nineveh, the chief capital of the Assyrian Empire; he was perhaps identical with the Assyrian god Nusku.See also Assyria,
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Nisroch
NISROCH (Heb. nisrōḵ). The deity in whose temple Sennacherib was murdered by his sons as he worshipped (2 Ki. 19:37; Is. 37:38). The place of this assassination, which is mentioned also in Assyr. records (DOTT, pp. 70–73), is variously identified with one of the major cities, Nineveh, Assur or Calah.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Nisroch
Nisroch (Heb. nisrōḵ)The Assyrian deity in whose temple in Nineveh Sennacherib was worshipping when he was murdered by his sons (2 Kgs. 19:37 = Isa. 37:38). As there is no reference to Nisroch among the Mesopotamian pantheon or in any of the cuneiform texts, scholars are unsure of the identity of this
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Nisroch
Nisroch [nĭsˊrŏk] (Heb. nisrōḵ). The deity in whose temple the Assyrian king Sennacherib was murdered (2 Kgs. 19:37; Isa. 37:38). Because the term Nisroch occurs in no other ancient Near Eastern literature, some scholars speculate that the present form may be a result of an early scribal error
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Nisroch
NISROCH נסרךI. The name Nisroch appears in 2 Kgs 19:37 (// Isa 37:38) where it apparently designates an Assyrian deity, since king Sennacherib is said to have been assassinated “when he was praying (in) the temple of Nisroch, his god”.II. The identity of this deity has been a subject of much scholarly
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Nisroch
NISROCH An Assyrian deity in whose temple the Assyrian king Sennacherib was assassinated (2 Kgs 19:37; Isa 37:38). Since this god is not otherwise known, attempts have been made to identify him with a deity such as Enlil, Marduk, Ashur, Nusku, or Ninurta.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Nisroch
Nis´roch (the great eagle), an idol of Nineveh, in whose temple Sennacherib was worshipping when assassinated by his sons, Adrammelech and Sharezer. 2 Kings 19:37; Isa. 37:38. This idol is identified with the eagle-headed human figure, which is one of the most prominent on the earliest Assyrian monuments,
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Nisroch
Nisrochprobably connected with the Hebrew word nesher, an eagle. An Assyrian god, supposed to be that represented with the head of an eagle. Sennacherib was killed in the temple of this idol (2 Kings 19:37; Isa. 37:38).
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