ReshephIn north Semitic mythology, Resheph was a god of plague and war. He bore the head of a gazelle on his forehead and was an important member of the pantheon of Ugarit though not mentioned in Ugaritic mythological texts.
Resheph was identified or confused with the Babylonian death god Nergal and perhaps (this is disputed by scholars) associated like Nergal with the planet Mars. In Phoenician inscriptions he is called rshp gn 'Resheph of the Garden' and b`l chotz 'lord of the arrow'. Joint Phoenician-Hittite inscriptions refer to him as 'deer god' and 'gazelle god'.
Resheph become popular in Egypt during the 18th dynasty.
The name appears as a word in Classical Hebrew with the alternate meanings 'flame' and 'plague'.
Alternatives: Reshpu, Reshep, Resep, Reshef, Rahshaf, Rasap, Rashap.