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Nisroch (Hebrew: נִסְרֹךְ; Greek: Νεσεραχ; Latin: Nesroch) (Aramaic: ܢܝܼܫܪܵܟ݂‎‎) is an otherwise unknown Assyrian god in whose temple King Sennacherib was worshiping when he was assassinated by his sons Adrammelech and Shizrezer. (2 Kings 19:37; Isa. 37:38). He has been tentatively identified as the god of agriculture.[1]

Josephus, quoting Herodotus, identifies the temple by the name Araske.

Hebrew legend[edit]

In the Midrash, "Nisroch" is actually said to be derived from the Hebrew word "neser." Neser was the name given to a plank of wood discovered by Sennacherib on his return to Assyria from his campaign in Judah. The sages write that this plank was originally part of Noah's Ark, and that Sennacherib worshiped it as an idol. It would therefore be concluded that it was this idol that Sennacherib was worshiping when he was murdered by his two sons.

Nisroch in demonology[edit]

Some religious authors consider Nisroch to be a fallen angel, once of the order of Principalities and an associate to Belphegor. Johann Weyer and Collin de Plancy wrote that Nisroch is chief of cuisine to the princes in Hell.

Nisroch in fiction[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ George Roux - Ancient Iraq