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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.
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the worship of false gods or idols
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the worship, in ancient Canaan or Phoenicia, of any of a variety of chief deities referred to as Baal, ’lord.’ — Baalite, n.Baalistic, adj.
See also: God and Gods
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According to the text, Ahab and Jezebel's efforts to promote Baalism in Israel were vehemently opposed by Elijah.
According to Bernhard Anderson, "Baalism catered to [Judah's] desire for security in the precarious environment of the Fertile Crescent", (6) especially in the shadow of Babylonian invasion.
He allows Israel to taint itself by the sacrifice of the firstborn." (3) Ezekiel's depiction of YHVH giving Israel "laws leading to death" is consistent with Noort's view that in contemporary scholarship, "[t]he picture of the black-and-white oppositions between Baalism and Yahwism has disappeared." (4)
Elijah is not just part of past history or future expectation but an inspiration for each new Elijah in every generation, who is willing to condemn the Baalism of a contemporary culture and politics.
While Yahwism was older than Moses, it was Moses who prevented this creed from merging completely with Baalism at the end of Late Bronze Age.