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American Tract Society Bible Dictionary

Nergal

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One of the gods of the Cuthite heathen who were transplanted into Palestine, 2 Kings 7:20 . This idol probably represented the planet Mars, which was ever the emblem of bloodshed. Mars is names, by the Zabians and Arabians, ill luck, misfortune. He was represented as holding in one had a drawn sword, and in the other, by the hair, a human head just cut off; his garments were blood red, as the light of the planet is also reddish. His temple among the Arabs was painted red; and they offered to him garments sprinkled with blood, and also a warrior, (probably a prisoner,) who was cast into a pool. The name Nergal appears in the proper names Nergalsharezer. Neriglassar, Jeremiah 39:3,13 .

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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Nergal'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ats/n/nergal.html. 1859.

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