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 (bä′äl′, bäl, bāl)
n. pl. Ba·als or Ba·a·lim (bä′ä-lĭm, bä′lĭm)
1. Any of various local fertility and nature gods of the ancient Semitic peoples considered to be false gods by the Hebrews.
2. often baal A false god or idol.

[Hebrew ba'al, lord, Baal; see bʕl in Semitic roots.]

Ba′al′ism n.


1. (Non-European Myth & Legend) any of several ancient Semitic fertility gods
2. (Non-European Myth & Legend) Phoenician myth the sun god and supreme national deity
3. (Alternative Belief Systems) (sometimes not capital) any false god or idol
[from Hebrew bá'al lord, master]


(ˈbeɪ əl, beɪl)

n., pl. Ba•al•im (ˈbeɪ ə lɪm, ˈbeɪ lɪm)
1. any of numerous local ancient Semitic deities typifying the generative forces of nature.
2. (sometimes l.c.) a false god.
[< Hebrew ba‘al lord]
Ba′al•ish, adj.
Ba′al•ism, n.
Ba′al•ist, Ba′al•ite, n.
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Noun1.Baal - any of numerous local fertility and nature deities worshipped by ancient Semitic peoplesBaal - any of numerous local fertility and nature deities worshipped by ancient Semitic peoples; the Hebrews considered Baal a false god
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Pese a todo, la epifania solar de Baal se ha planteado innumerables veces, con notable insistencia en analisis del Baal Hammon de Cartago (Xella 1991: 107-108).
Mas aun, la manifestacion solar de la trascendencia pudo haber constituido igualmente un aspecto sustancial del Baal Hammon cartagines.
Baal Hammon was distinct from Baal Shamem, `Lord of the Skies', and from Melqart, the god of Tyre, while Tanit was worshipped separately from Astarte.
At Carthage, Baal Hammon is an example of such syncretism.
Xella's study of the deity Baal Hammon is the first of a planned series of monographs on Phoenician-Punic religion.
Though Baal Hammon is perhaps the best known of the Punic deities--this because of his frequent linkage with the tophet-institution, itself often linked with child sacrifice--little is known about the deity beyond the mention of the name in thousands of repetitive inscriptions.