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Libation

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Volume 16
Editor(s): Christine Helmer, Steven L. McKenzie, Thomas Römer, Jens Schröter, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, Boston) 2018

Ancient Near East and Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

Florian Lippke

Libation (MT nesek/nĕsak, nāsîk, massekāh, generally also: mišteh; LXX σπονδή; Vg. libamen), is a ritual term assigned to offerings of liquid substances for a divine or divinized agent. Philological connections are present with Akkadian nasāku (throw something out, spill), Ugaritic NSK/MŠTT (libation) and Phoenician/Punic NSK(H)/MSKH/NQY(H) (libation).…

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