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Baal of Peor בעל פעור
(863 words)

I. Name

This local god, mentioned only in the OT, is associated with the mountain Peor in the land of Moab (Num. 23.28) and the place Beth-Peor (Deut. 3.29; Deut. 4.46; Deut. 34.6; Josh. 13.20). He probably represents there the chthonic aspect of the Canaanite god of fertility, Baal (Spronk 1986:231–233). The name Peor is related to Heb. pʿr, ‘open wide’, which in Isa. 5.14 is said of the ‘mouth’ of the netherworld (Xella 1982: 664–666). According to Num. 25 the Israelites participated in the Moabite cult h…

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K. Spronk, “Baal of Peor בעל פעור”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Baalofpeor>

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