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baalbec


baalbec


  1  definition  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Baalbec 
  called  by  the  Greeks  Heliopolis  i.e.,  "the  city  of  the  sun", 
  because  of  its  famous  Temple  of  the  Sun,  has  by  some  been 
  supposed  to  be  Solomon's  "house  of  the  forest  of  Lebanon"  (1 
  Kings  7:2;  10:17;  2  Chr.  9:16);  by  others  it  is  identified  with 
  Baal-gad  (q.v.).  It  was  a  city  of  Coele-Syria,  on  the  lowest 
  declivity  of  Anti-Libanus,  about  42  miles  north-west  of 
  Damascus.  It  was  one  of  the  most  splendid  of  Syrian  cities, 
  existing  from  a  remote  antiquity.  After  sustaining  several 
  sieges  under  the  Moslems  and  others  it  was  finally  destroyed  by 
  an  earthquake  in  1759.  Its  ruins  are  of  great  extent.