Ba’al, God of Storm Cloud

Ba’al, God of Storm Cloud

Babylonian/Persian Period (586—332 BCE)

Embroidery: Janet Jameel Hamad [Silwad], Amman
Size: 59 x 38 cm

Ba’al was a title and honorific meaning “lord” in the Northwest Semitic languages spoken in the Levant during antiquity. From its use among people, it came to be applied to gods. Scholars previously associated the theonym with solar cults and with a variety of unrelated patron deities, but inscriptions have shown that the name Ba’al was particularly associated with the storm and fertility god Hadad and his local manifestations.

 

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