Who Was Ba’al In Ancient Times?

The God Ba’al

Ba’al, whose particular responsibility was agriculture, was a well known god in Canaan. He was the storm god who came riding in on the clouds to fertilize the parched ground. In fact, that is the reason for the name Ba’al.

Meaning of the Name

Officially, Ba’al’s name was Hadad, but he’s usually referred to by the Hebrew word Ba’al, which meant “master” or “lord,” but also “husband.” Ba’al was the earth’s spouse, whose rainwater fertilized the soil and made the crops grow.

The Great Shift
James Kugel

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