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Baalat בעלת
(772 words)

I. Name

Baʿalat, ‘mistress’, ‘lady’, ‘sovereign’ (Heb. baʿălāt; Phoen./Ug. bʿlt; Akk. bēltu), is attested as both a divine name and an epithet in the ancient Near East from the middle third millennium bce. Though the term is attested in the MT as a place name (Josh. 19.44; 1 Kgs. 9.18; 2 Chr. 8.6), it does not occur in the biblical text as the designation of a divinity.

II. Identity

In Akkadian, the epithet is applied to a number of goddesses, most often associated with fertility and birth, as dbēlit ilı̄. In addi…

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E. T. Mullen, Jr., “Baalat בעלת”, 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 02 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Baalat>

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