Resheph (Ree´shif)

A Canaanite god of pestilence. The Israelite personal name Resheph (1Chr 7:25) shows that Resheph had a following in Palestine. In the OT, Resheph comes to mean “pestilence” (Deut 32:24; Ps 78:48).

1Chr 7:25

25Rephah was his son, Resheph his son, Telah his son, Tahan his son,

Deut 32:24

24wasting hunger,
burning consumption,
bitter pestilence.
The teeth of beasts I will send against them,
with venom of things crawling in the dust.

Ps 78:48

48He gave over their cattle to the hail,
and their flocks to thunderbolts.

 NEH Logo
Bible Odyssey has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.