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Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary

Adrammelech (1)

was also one of the gods adored by the inhabitants of Sepharvaim, who were settled in the country of Samaria, in the room of the Israelites, who were carried beyond the Euphrates. The Sepharvaites made their children pass through the fire in honour of this idol, and another, called Anammelech, 2 Kings 17:31 . The Rabbins say, that Adrammelech was represented under the form of a mule; but there is much more reason to believe that Adrammelech meant the sun, and Anammelech the moon; the first signifying the magnificent king, the second the gentle king, —many eastern nations adoring the moon as a god, not as a goddess.

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Adrammelech (1)'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. 1831-2.

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