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Baal (2)

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bā´al בּעל , ba‛al , "lord," "master," "possessor"):

(1) A descendant of Reuben, Jacob's first-born son, and the father of Beerah, prince of the Reubenites, "whom Tiglath-pileser (1 Chronicles 5:5 , 1 Chronicles 5:6 ) king of Assyria carried away captive."

(2) The fourth of ten sons of Jeiel (King James Version "Jehiel"), father and founder of Gibeon. His mother was Maacah; his brother Kish father of Saul (1 Chronicles 8:29 f; 1 Chronicles 9:35 , 1 Chronicles 9:36 , 1 Chronicles 9:39 ; compare 1 Samuel 14:50 f). These passages identify Jeiel and Abiel as the father of Kish and Thus of Baal. For study of confusions in the genealogical record, in 1 Chronicles 9:36 , 1 Chronicles 9:39 , see KISH ; ABIEL ; JEIEL .

(3) In composition often the name of a man and not of the heathen god, e.g. Baal-hanan, a king of Edom (Genesis 36:38 ; 1 Chronicles 1:49 ); also a royal prefect of the same name (1 Chronicles 27:28 ). Gesenius thinks that Baal in compound words rarely refers to the god by that name. See BAAL (deity).

(4) A city of the tribe of Simeon (1 Chronicles 4:33 ). See BAALATH-BEER .

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Baal (2)'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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