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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible

Nebo (1)

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NEBO (Assyr. [Note: Assyrian.] NabĂ» , ‘Announcer’). A Bab. [Note: Babylonian.] deity who presided over literature and science. The cuneiform system of writing was credited to his invention. He was the son and messenger of Bel-Marduk; whose will to mortals he interpreted. The planet Mercury was sacred to Nebo. The chief centre of his worship was the temple of E-Zida in Borsippa, between which and the temple of Marduk in Babylon took place the great annual processions of which we find a reminiscence in Isaiah 46:1 f. The name Neho appears as an element in many Babylonian names Nehuchadrezzar, Nebuzaradan, Abed-nego (properly Abed-nebo), etc.

W. M. Nesbit.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Nebo (1)'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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