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Baal-Zebub
A god worshiped in Ekron.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Baal-Zebub (Deity)
BAAL-ZEBUB (DEITY) [Heb baʿal zĕbûb (בַּעַל זְבוּב)]. A god of Ekron, whom King Ahaziah wished to consult to learn if he would recover from a sickness he was experiencing as a result of a fall (2 Kgs 1:2, 3, 6, 16). However, Elijah pronounced Yahweh’s judgment of death on the king for failing to inquire
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Baal-zebub
Baal-zebub. Pagan god of the Philistine city of Ekron. After King Ahaziah of Israel fell from his upstairs porch (852 bc), he sent messengers to Baal-zebub to ask about his recovery (2 Kgs 1:2). He was severely rebuked for that by the prophet Elijah, who declared that his affront to Israel’s God would
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Baal-Zebub
Baal-Zebub bāl-zēbʹub [Heb. ba‘al zeḇûḇ—‘lord of flies’; Gk. Baal-myian]. A god worshiped in the Philistine city of Ekron and consulted by Ahaziah king of Israel regarding his recovery from a sickness (2 K. 1:2f, 6, 16).Since the Heb. zeḇûḇ means “fly” (as LXX GK. myían; cf. Josephus Ant.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Baal-Zebub
BAAL-ZEBUB Pagan god of the Philistine city of Ekron. After King Ahaziah of Israel fell from his upstairs porch (852 bc), he sent messengers to Baal-zebub to ask about his recovery (2 Kgs 1:2). He was severely rebuked for that by the prophet Elijah, who declared that his affront to Israel’s God would
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Baal-Zebub, Beelzebul
BAAL-ZEBUB, BEELZEBUL. 1. In OT Heb. ba‘al zebûḇ (‘lord of flies’), probably a mocking alteration of ba‘al zeḇûl (‘Prince *Baal’), appears as the name of the god of Ekron, whom Ahaziah, king of Israel, tried to consult in his last illness (2 Ki. 1:1–6, 16).2. In NT Gk. beelzeboul, beezeboul (Beelzebub
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Baal-Zebub
Baal-Zebub (Heb. baʿal zĕḇûḇ)God of the Philistine city Ekron. The Israelite king Ahaziah consulted Baal-zebub about recovering from a fall, whereupon Elijah announced Ahaziah’s death (2 Kgs. 1:2, 3, 6, 16).The name suggests a Semitic deity adopted after the Philistines settled in Canaan, although
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Baal-Zebub
Baal-Zebub [bāl zēˊbŭb] (Heb. ba˓al zeḇûḇ “lord of flies”). An idol worshipped at Ekron (2 Kgs. 1:2–18) also named Beel-zebul, to which Ahaziah the king of Israel (ca. 845 B.C.) sent messengers requesting Baal-zebub to cure him. In Phoenicia Baal was also a sun-god, and possibly also a god
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Baal Zebub
BAAL ZEBUB בעל זבובI. The name Baal Zebub occurs only four times in the OT (2 Kgs 1:2, 3, 6, 16). In 2 Kgs 1 an accident of Ahaziah, the king of Israel, and his consulting the oracle of the god Baal Zebub of Ekron is described. For etymological reasons, Baal Zebub must be considered a Semitic god; he
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Baal-Zebub
Baal-Zebubfly-lord, the god of the Philistines at Ekron (2 Kings 1:2, 3, 16). This name was given to the god because he was supposed to be able to avert the plague of flies which in that region was to be feared. He was consulted by Ahaziah as to his recovery.
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Baal
Baʹal [lord or master], a generic term for god in many of the Syro-Arabian languages. It is usually appropriated to the supreme male divinity of the Phœnicians, as Ashtoreth is appropriated to their supreme female divinity; and under these names the sun and the moon are supposed to have been worshiped.
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Baal-Zebub
BAAL-ZEBUB (Bāʹ ȧl-zēʹ bŭb) Deity’s name meaning “lord of the flies.” In 2 Kings 1:2 a Philistine deity from which the Israelite King Ahaziah sought help after injuring himself in a fall. Though the Philistines themselves may have used this name, it is more probable that it is intentionally used
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Baal-Zebub
Baal-Zebub bay′uhl-zee′buhb, bah′uhl-zee′buhb (בַּעַל זְבוּבH1256, “lord of the flies”). A Philistine god of whom King Ahaziah inquired after he had fallen from his upper room in Samaria (2 Ki. 1:2). Baal-Zebub was the local deity (see Baal) of the city of Ekron and evidently had a considerable reputation
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