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Baal, properly Baʿal (Ugaritic: 𐎁𐎓𐎍;[1] Phoenicie: 𐤋𐤏𐤁; Biblical Ebreu: בעל, pronounced [ˈbaʕal]),[2] wis a teetle an honorific meanin "lord" in the Northwest Semitic leids spoken in the Levant during antiquity. Frae its uise amang fowk, it came tae be applee'd tae gods. Scholars previously associatit the theonym wi solar cults an wi a variety o unrelatit patron deities, but inscriptions hae shawn that the name Baʿal wis pairteecularly associatit wi the storm an fertility god Hadad an his local manifestations.

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