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A god of the Assyrians, in whose temple, and in the very act of idolatry, Sennacherib was slain by his own sons, 2 Kings 19:37 . According to the etymology, the name would signify "the great eagle;" and the earlier Assyrian sculptures recently exhumed at Nineveh have many representations of an idol in human form, but with the head of an eagle, as shown above. Among the ancient Arabs also the eagle occurs as an idol. The other accompanying cut, representing a winged figure in a circle, armed with a bow, is frequently met on the walls of ancient Nineveh in scenes of worship, and is believed to be an emblem of the supreme divinity of the Assyrians.

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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Nisroch'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. 1859.

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