(Hebrew: lord, owner; plural: Baale or Baalim) The chief divinity, the sun god, of the Chanaanites and the Arameans; also the name of the principal deity worshiped by certain nations or communities. The Israelites worshiped Baal in the days of King Achab or Ahab (4 Kings, 3 and 10). In some places he had a female consort named Baaloth (Greek: Beltis).

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