Even though there are three Heb. words tr. as “depths” or “deep,” tehom is by far the most common word. It is almost always in a context, either literally or figuratively, of primordial waters. Leviathan, the mythological sea monster often referred to symbolically, is said to dwell in the depths (
Abussos is the Gr. word which is parallel to the Heb. tehom. It is the bottomless pit of the
J. Gray, The Legacy of Canaan (1957); C. F. Pfeiffer, “Lotan and Leviathan,” EQ 32 (1960), 208f; G. L. Archer, A Survey of theIntroduction (1964); C. H. Gordon, Ugaritic Textbook (1965), 497; T. H. Gaster, Myth, Legend and Custom in the OT (1969).