As used in two passages of the OT, Heb. ברד, vocalized as bārād, has been interpreted as the name of an ancient deity of the Canaanite pantheon. In some texts from Tell Mardikh-Ebla of the third millennium bcedBaradu (madu) occurs as a divine name. Etymologically, both biblical bārād and Eblaitic Baradu (madu) are to be related to the Semitic root *brd and to be explained as “(big) Chill”.
The Eblaitic god Baradu madu has been explained by G. Pettinato as a divinized form of the Euphrates ( [M…