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  Baal (demon) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the Levant the idols were called "baals", each of which represented a local spirit-deity or "demon." Worship of all such spirits was rejected as wrong and many were in fact considered malevolent and dangerous.
While his Semitic predecessor was depicted as a human or a bull, the demon Baal was in grimoire tradition said to appear in the forms of a man, cat, toad, or combinations thereof.
Baal is also the name of a robot in Hardware, a stark film which depicts the hard life humanity faces while surviving in a post-apocalyptic Earth.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Baal_(demon)   (820 words)

 Baal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Baal (baʿal) is a Semitic title and honorific meaning lord that is used for various gods, spirits and demons particularly of the Levant.
The worship of Ba`al Hammon flourished in the Phoenician colony of Carthage.
Ba'al Hammon was the supreme god of the Carthaginians and is generally identified by modern scholars either with the northwest Semitic god El or with Dagon, and generally identified by the Greeks with Cronus and by the Romans with Saturn.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Baal   (3027 words)

The antiquity of the worship of the god or gods of Baal extends back to the 14th century BCE among the ancient Semitic peoples, the descendants of Shem, the oldest son of Biblical Noah.
Baal was the son of El, or Dagon, an obscure deity linked by the Hebrews with the Philistine city of Ashdod.
Baal, the sun god, was fervently prayed to for the protection of livestock and crops.
www.pantheon.org /articles/b/baal.html   (1023 words)

 Baal - The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition - HighBeam Research
BAAL [Baal], plural Baalim [Semitic,=master, lord], name used throughout the Bible for the chief deity or for deities of Canaan.
In the Psalms, Yahweh is depicted as Baal and his dwelling is on Mt. Zaphon (Zion), the locale of Baal in Canaanite mythology.
The practice of sacred prostitution seems to have been associated with the worship of Baal in Palestine and the cult was vehemently denounced by the prophets, especially Hosea and Jeremiah.
highbeam.com /library/doc0.asp?DOCID=1E1:Baal&refid=ip_encyclopedia_hf   (297 words)

 Baal, God of Thunder
However, the meaning of Baal is "owner" or "lord" and in the earliest of times it is questionable whether the word was used as a title for important local gods in general, or as a proper name to a specific god.
Baal was the source of the winter rain storms, spring mist and summer dew which nourished the crops.
Baal was known to be a rider of clouds, most active during storms but was also considered to be a "lord of heaven and earth", even controlling earth's fertility.
www.touregypt.net /featurestories/baal.htm   (1031 words)

 JewishEncyclopedia.com - BA'AL AND BA'AL-WORSHIP.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The wide-spread and primitive Semitic root ("ba'al") may be most nearly rendered in English by "possess." The term "Ba'al," therefore, which is usually explained as meaning "lord," is properly "possessor" or "owner," and is so used in a great variety of applications in common Hebrew speech.
is a dreamer; a "ba'al of anger" is an angry man; a "ba'al of wings" is a bird; a "ba'al of edges" is two-edged; "ba'alim of a covenant" are allies; "ba'als of an oath" are conspirators.
When any divinity is called "ba'al" or "a ba'al," the designation must be understood to imply not a ruler of men, but a possessor or controller of certain things.
www.jewishencyclopedia.com /view.jsp?artid=2&letter=B   (2002 words)

The documents speak, for instance, of the Baal of Tyre, of Harran, of Tarsus, of Herman, of Lebanon of Tamar (a river south of Beirut), of heaven.
Achab's accession to the throne of Israel inaugarated a new era, that of the official worship.
Married to a Sidonian princess, Jezebel, the king erected to the Baal of her native city (Cid or Melkart) a temple (1 Kings 16:31, 32) in which a numerous body of priests officiated (1 Kings 18:19).
www.newadvent.org /cathen/02175a.htm   (1717 words)

 BAAL - LoveToKnow Article on BAAL   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
the Baal ; and the baals of different tribes or sanctuaries were not necessarily conceived as identical, so that we find frequent mention of Baalim, or rather the Baalim in the plural.
That the Israelites even applied the title of Baal to Yahweh himself is proved by the occurrence of such names as Jerubbaal (Gideon), Eshbaal (one of Sauls sons) and Beeliada (a son of David, I Chron.
Each community could speak of its own baal, although a collection of allied communities might share the same cult, and naturally, since the attributes ascribed to the individual baals were very similar, subsequent syncretism was facilitated.
85.1911encyclopedia.org /B/BA/BAAL.htm   (521 words)

Such cultivable land was regarded as 'Baal's land', that is to say, land where cultivation depends on the activity of the god manifest in the autumn and winter rains.
"Baal, one of the sons of El [the chief god of the Canaanites], was the executive god of the pantheon, the god of thunder and winter storms, the dynamic warrior god who champions the divine order against the menacing forces of chaos.
She complements Baal, abetting him in his conflict and vindicating him when he succumbs, possibly reflecting the role of women at the critical seasons of transition in popular religion or when the order of the gods is temporarily in eclipse.
www.mystae.com /restricted/streams/scripts/baal.html   (618 words)

Baal was a spurious god of the Old Testament and an idol of the Phoenicians.
The name Baal means Lord and is used for the master of the house or the owner of the property, like a landlord.
Baal was worshiped as the god of vineyards and groves, the god of nature and fertility bringing thunder and winter rains.
latter-rain.com /Israel/baal.htm   (512 words)

 BAAL WORSHIP   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Baal is the usual designation of the great fertility- and weather-god of the Western Semites.
The worship of Baal in Syria-Palestine was inextricably bound to the economy of the land, which depended on the regularity and adequacy of the rains.
The conflict of Yahwism and Baalism reached a crisis with Elijah's challenge to Baal's prophets to settle the question whether it was Baal or YHWH who really supplied the rain (I Kings 18).
www.thirteen.org /heritagedvd/ej_2.html   (150 words)

 Phoenician Religion -- Pagan
The son, Baal or Melqart, symbolized the annual cycle of vegetation and was associated with the female deity Astarte in her role as the maternal goddess.
Baal also bears the titles "Rider of the Clouds," "Almighty," and "Lord of the Earth." He is the god of the thunderstorm, the most vigorous and aggressive of the gods, the one on whom mortals most immediately depend.
Melqart, Son of Baal (or El, Ruler of the Universe), God of Tyre, King of the Underworld, Protector of the Universe symbolized the annual cycle of vegetation and was associated with the female deity Astarte in her role as the maternal goddess.
phoenicia.org /pagan.html   (13443 words)

 Bible Dictionary: Baal, Canaanite god.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Canaanite god of rain and storm, Baal was often pictured, as here (right "Baal au foudre" from the Edinburgh Ras Shamra Project), with thunderbolts in hand.
Baal was called back to life by his sister/wife Anat, who slashes herself with knives as a sign of mourning (cf.
It is evident from Hosea and 1-2 Kgs that both the cult of the Canaanite god and the assimilation of Adonai to Baal were prevalent dangers to Israelite religion in Amos' day.
www.bible.gen.nz /amos/culture/baal.htm   (218 words)

 Baal (WebBible Encyclopedia) - ChristianAnswers.Net
Baal was the name used for the principal male god of the Phoenicians.
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.
www.christiananswers.net /dictionary/baal.html   (217 words)

 Baal and Lord
Baal is a Canaanite-Phoenician word that means "master" or "lord".
Baal worship was worship in high places where people brought taxes to the pagan deities.
It is interesting that baal is pronounced the same in all languages while Yahweh was replaced with lord.
www.paleotimes.com /articles/BaalvsLord.htm   (454 words)

 Robert R. McCammon's BAAL
And they call him BAAL in the orphanage, where he leads the children on a rampage of violence...in California, where he appears as the head of a deadly Manson-like cult...in Kuwait, where crazed millions heed his call to murder and orgy.
They call him BAAL in the Arctic's hellish wasteland, where he is tracked by the only three men with a will to stop him: Zark, the shaman; Virga, the aging professor of theology; and Michael, the powerful, mysterious stranger.
Baal is about power, written at a time when I had none.
www.robertmccammon.com /novels/baal.html   (656 words)

 The Israelites and Baal-Peor
Baal was a common name given to the god of fertility in Canaan.
Baal was the supreme male divinity of the Phoenician and Canaanitish nations.
Baal's worship and that of his sister and spouse Anat is centred on a purely fertility rite, connected with the dying down and rebirth of vegetation.
www.tyndale.cam.ac.uk /Scriptures/www.innvista.com/scriptures/compare/israel.htm   (3108 words)

 Canaanite/Ugaritic Mythology FAQ, ver. 1.2   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
While Baal is declared king and judge, he remains a resident of El and Athirat's palace as El refuses him permission to build an apropriate mansion, in spite of Anat's threats.
Baal and Anat hope to use her to influence El on the issue of Baal's palace.
She is a consort of Baal, and lesser goddess of war and the chase.
home.comcast.net /~chris.s/canaanite-faq.html   (6346 words)

 Baal articles on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Baal BAAL [Baal], plural Baalim [Semitic,=master, lord], name used throughout the Bible for the chief deity or for deities of Canaan.
Baal is attested in the Ebla texts (first half of 2d
In the Gospels of Mark and Luke, Beelzebul, the Greek form of the epithet Baal-zebul [Baal the Prince], is encountered.
www.encyclopedia.com /articlesnew/00962.html   (303 words)

 BD Baal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Baal is by some identified with Bel of Babylon and Zeus of Greece.
Ashtoreth was the goddess generally worshipped along with Baal.
Compounds of Baal with a second word denote (1) an attribute of the god, (2) the place or manner of his worship, or (3) something that a place possesses.
scriptures.lds.org /bdb/baal   (167 words)

 Ba, Baal, Babi
Baal has a pointed beard, a horned helmet and wields a cedar tree, club, or spear.
Aliyan Baal, son of a less well-attested god Dagan, dwelt on Mount Sapan (hence Ball-Zaphon) in North Syria but also became associated as a local deity of other sites such as Baal-Hazor in Palestine, and Baal-Sidon and Baal of Tyre(Melkart) in the Lebanon.
But Baal was killed in a struggle with Mot (possibly a personification of death) and descended into the Underworld.
www.crystalinks.com /egyptgods3.html   (639 words)

 Baal Shem Tov Foundation - BaalShemTov.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Baal Shem Tov's LETTER that describes his "ascent of the soul" on Rosh Hashana is one of the few original writings of the founder of Chassidus that has survived.
The LETTER was written during the last years of the Baal Shem Tov's life to his brother-in-law, the Torah scholar of repute, Rabbi Avraham Gershon of Kitov, who had immigrated to the Holy Land.
It is known that the Baal Shem Tov used to practice hisbodedus regularly.
www.baalshemtov.com /story08.htm   (1604 words)

 Baal.html   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Baal rules wind, rain, thunderstorms, lightning, war, vegetation, springs, arable land, the seasons, autumn and winter rainstorms, the agricultural cycle, and fertility.
As Baal Shamim (also spelled Shamen, Shamem, Shamin, Shamayim, and Shamain), he is Lord of the Heaven, Lord of the Assembly, Lord of the Skies, and Bearer of Thunder.
Rams are sacred to Baal-Hammon and Baíal Karnayin, goats to Baal Gad, and flies to Baal-Zebul, whom Christian syncretized with their Devil as Beelzebub, Lord of Flies.
www.open-sesame.com /Baal.html   (394 words)

 News: Unusual Shrine to Baal discovered near Tel-Aviv - breaking news by Jeff Lindsay
The three manifestations of Baal were apparently worshipped at least once a week and sometimes daily for many decades until civilization in the region suddenly collapsed.
Interestingly, the traditional consort of Baal, Ashtoreth, is depicted only in a diminutive carving at the back of the shrine, where she is removing handfuls of her hair in apparent frustration.
Further research is needed to better understand the relationship between ancient Baal worship and the decay of the civilization.
www.jefflindsay.com /shrine.shtml   (455 words)

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