Shahar (god)

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Shahar is the god of dawn in the pantheon of Ugarit. Shahar is described as a child of El along with a twin, Shalim, the god of dusk. As the markers of dawn and dusk, Shahar and Shalim also represented the temporal structure of the day.[1]


The name is a cognate of the Hebrew word Shahar (שָׁ֫חַר) meaning dawn.[citation needed]

In Arabic, the word for dawn is “Sahar” (سحر) and comes from the same Semitic root. This root is also visible in “Suhoor” (سحور), the pre-dawn meal Muslims eat during Ramadan.

Isaiah 14:12–15[edit]

Isaiah 14:12–15 has been the origin of the belief that Satan was a fallen angel,[citation needed] who could also be referred to as Lucifer.[2] It refers to the rise and disappearance of the morning star Venus in the phrase "O light-bringer, son of the dawn." (Helel ben Shaḥar, translated as Lucifer in the Vulgate and preserved in the early English translations of the Bible.)[2] This understanding of Isaiah 14:12–15 seems to be the most accepted interpretation in the New Testament, as well as among early Christians such as Origen, Eusebius, Tertullian, and Gregory the Great.[2] It may be considered a Christian "remythologization" of Isaiah 14, as the verse originally used Canaanite mythology to build its imagery of the hubris of a historical ruler, "the king of Babylon" in Isaiah 14:4.[2] It is likely that the role of Venus as the morning star was taken by Athtar, in this instance referred to as the son of Shahar.[3] The reference to Shahar remains enigmatic to scholars, who have a wide range of theories on the mythological framework and sources for the passage in Isaiah.[4]

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  1. ^ Hinnells, John R. (2007). A Handbook of Ancient Religions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 122.
  2. ^ a b c d Day, John (2002). Yahweh and the gods and goddesses of Canaan. London: Sheffield Academic Press. p. 166. ISBN 9780567537836.
  3. ^ Day, John (2002). Yahweh and the gods and goddesses of Canaan. London: Sheffield Academic Press. p. 171. ISBN 9780567537836.
  4. ^ Poirier, John (1 July 1999). "An Illuminating Parallel to Isaiah XIV 12". Vetus Testamentum. 49 (3): 371–389. doi:10.1163/156853399774228047.

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