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Tammuz

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(tam' muhz)A Sumerian god of vegetation. The worship of Tammuz by women in Jerusalem was revealed as one of the abominations in Ezekiel (1 Samuel 8:14-15 ). According to the pagan religion, Tammuz was betrayed by his lover, Ishtar, and as a result dies each autumn. The wilting of the vegetation at that time of year is seen as a sign of his death. This caused great mourning in the ancient world, and was why the women in Jerusalem wept. See Fertility Cults.


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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Tammuz'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hbd/t/tammuz.html. 1991.

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