Bael or Baal

He is described as a hoarsely-voiced king with the power to make men invisible, wise and rules over legions of demons. The number of legions seems to vary from 60-80 depending on the text. Bael is considered a subordinate of Lucifer himself. Bael has been known as the first king of the underworld. He is prominent in ancient literature and is a significant demon king of the underworld.

In 1899, the Encyclopædia Biblica article Baal by W. Robertson Smith and George F. Moore states:”
That Baal was primarily a sun-god was for a long time almost a dogma among scholars, and is still often repeated. This doctrine is connected with theories of the origin of religion which are now almost universally abandoned. The worship of the heavenly bodies is not the beginning of religion. Moreover, there was not, as this theory assumes, one god Baal, worshipped under different forms and names by the Semitic peoples, but a multitude of local Baals, each the inhabitant of his own place, the protector and benefactor of those who worshipped him there. Even in the astrotheology of the Babylonians the star of Bel was not the sun: it was the planet Jupiter. There is no intimation in the OT that any of the Canaanite Baals were sun-gods, or that the worship of the sun (Shemesh), of which we have ample evidence, both early and late, was connected with that of the Baals; in 2 K. 235 cp 11 the cults are treated as distinct.”



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