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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Baal  \Ba"al\  (b[=a]"al),  n.;  Heb.  pl  {Baalim}  (-[i^]m).  [Heb. 
  ba'al  lord.] 
  1.  (Myth.)  The  supreme  male  divinity  of  the  Phoenician  and 
  Canaanitish  nations. 
 
  Note:  The  name  of  this  god  occurs  in  the  Old  Testament  and 
  elsewhere  with  qualifying  epithets  subjoined,  answering 
  to  the  different  ideas  of  his  character;  as 
  Baal-berith  (the  Covenant  Baal),  Baal-zebub  (Baal  of 
  the  fly). 
 
  2.  pl  The  whole  class  of  divinities  to  whom  the  name  Baal 
  was  applied.  --Judges  x.  6. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bel  \Bel\  (b[e^]l),  n. 
  The  Babylonian  name  of  the  god  known  among  the  Hebrews  as 
  {Baal}.  See  {Baal}.  --Baruch  vi  41. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Baal 
  n  :  any  of  numerous  local  fertility  and  nature  deities 
  worshipped  by  ancient  Semitic  peoples;  the  Hebrews 
  considered  Baal  a  false  god  [syn:  {Baal}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Baal 
  lord.  (1.)  The  name  appropriated  to  the  principal  male  god  of 
  the  Phoenicians.  It  is  found  in  several  places  in  the  plural 
  BAALIM  (Judg.  2:11;  10:10;  1  Kings  18:18;  Jer.  2:23;  Hos.  2:17). 
  Baal  is  identified  with  Molech  (Jer.  19:5).  It  was  known  to  the 
  Israelites  as  Baal-peor  (Num.  25:3;  Deut.  4:3),  was  worshipped 
  till  the  time  of  Samuel  (1  Sam  7:4),  and  was  afterwards  the 
  religion  of  the  ten  tribes  in  the  time  of  Ahab  (1  Kings 
  16:31-33;  18:19,  22).  It  prevailed  also  for  a  time  in  the 
  kingdom  of  Judah  (2  Kings  8:27;  comp.  11:18;  16:3;  2  Chr.  28:2), 
  till  finally  put  an  end  to  by  the  severe  discipline  of  the 
  Captivity  (Zeph.  1:4-6).  The  priests  of  Baal  were  in  great 
  numbers  (1  Kings  18:19),  and  of  various  classes  (2  Kings  10:19). 
  Their  mode  of  offering  sacrifices  is  described  in  1  Kings 
  18:25-29.  The  sun-god,  under  the  general  title  of  Baal,  or 
  "lord,"  was  the  chief  object  of  worship  of  the  Canaanites.  Each 
  locality  had  its  special  Baal,  and  the  various  local  Baals  were 
  summed  up  under  the  name  of  Baalim,  or  "lords."  Each  Baal  had  a 
  wife,  who  was  a  colourless  reflection  of  himself. 
 
  (2.)  A  Benjamite,  son  of  Jehiel,  the  progenitor  of  the 
  Gibeonites  (1  Chr.  8:30;  9:36). 
 
  (3.)  The  name  of  a  place  inhabited  by  the  Simeonites  the  same 
  probably  as  Baal-ath-beer  (1  Chr.  4:33;  Josh.  19:8). 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Baal,  master;  lord 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  BAAL,  n.  An  old  deity  formerly  much  worshiped  under  various  names 
  As  Baal  he  was  popular  with  the  Phoenicians;  as  Belus  or  Bel  he  had 
  the  honor  to  be  served  by  the  priest  Berosus,  who  wrote  the  famous 
  account  of  the  Deluge;  as  Babel  he  had  a  tower  partly  erected  to  his 
  glory  on  the  Plain  of  Shinar.  From  Babel  comes  our  English  word 
  "babble."  Under  whatever  name  worshiped,  Baal  is  the  Sun-god.  As 
  Beelzebub  he  is  the  god  of  flies,  which  are  begotten  of  the  sun's  rays 
  on  the  stagnant  water.  In  Physicia  Baal  is  still  worshiped  as  Bolus, 
  and  as  Belly  he  is  adored  and  served  with  abundant  sacrifice  by  the 
  priests  of  Guttledom 
 
 




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