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Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary


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the name of an idol of the Babylonians: "Bel boweth down, Nebo stoopeth," Isaiah 46:1 . The word Nebo comes from a root that signifies "to prophesy," and therefore may stand for an oracle. There is some probability in the opinion of Calmet, that Bel and Nebo are but one and the same deity, and that Isaiah made use of these names as synonymous. The god Bel was the oracle of the Babylonians. The name Nebo, or Nabo, is found in the composition of the names of several princes of Babylon; as Nabonassar, Nabopolassar, Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuzaradan, Nebushasban, &c.

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Nebo'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. 1831-2.

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