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        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; compare 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).
Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. M.A., D.D., "Biblical Meaning for 'Baal' Eastons Bible Dictionary". - Eastons; 1897.

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