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A Dictionary of the Bible What is This? Contains accessibly written entries for topics covering the religious, historical, and social aspects of the Bible.

    Sea

    The Mediterranean Sea is called the Sea of the Philistines (Exod. 23: 31) and the Great Sea (Num. 34: 6), but the other seas known to the Jews were the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea; in the forecourt of Solomon's Temple the great laver or basin was called the molten or bronze sea (1 Kgs. 7: 39).

    In the Ras Shamra texts, the sea and the storm-god, Baal Haddu, did battle, and so caused the alternating seasons, and it is suggested that there are traces of this mythology in the OT where God seems to feature as a storm-god raging against the sea, for which the Hebrews had a kind of horror (Isa. 27: 1; 51: 10; Ps. 89: 9; 93: 4; Job 26: 12; cf. Rev. 21: 1).

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