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The nature of the phrase yhwh ⊡ebā'ôt is considered in light of similar phrases involving the proper name Resheph, occurring in various Near Eastern and Phoenician inscriptions. An examination of the various uses of ršp modified by a genitive, and hence a proper name which is doubly determined, indicates that a proper name in construct is not problematic. Further, the uses indicate that some genitive relationships between a proper name and common noun function to highlight the essence or specific attribute of a deity. This is supported by several iconographic representations of Resheph. This same function, then, of highlighting a particular trait of a deity, may be at work in the phrase yhwh ⊡ebā'ôt.


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