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GenderMasculine
Scriptsבַּעַל Ancient Hebrew
PronouncedPron.BAY-əl English
BAYL English
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Meaning & History

Hebrew form of Semitic ba'l meaning "lord, master, possessor". This was the title of various deities, often associated with storms and fertility, who were worshipped by the Canaanites, Phoenicians, and other peoples of the ancient Near East. It was particularly applied to the god Hadad.
VariantsBaal, Bel Semitic Mythology
Other Languages & CulturesBaal Biblical Baal Biblical Greek Baal Biblical Latin
Same SpellingBaal

Images

Ba'al figurine (c 12th century BC)Ba'al figurine (c 12th century BC)

Categories

biblical, fertility deities, gods, storm deities
Entry updated July 11, 2018