Bel

The supreme Babylonian god of the earth and atmosphere, called the god of lords. Said to have created man and the universe, Bel symbolizes male generative power. Bel is the same word as Baal in Phoenician and Hebrew.

In Bel and the Dragon, an Old Testament Apocryphal book appended to the book of Daniel, Daniel exposes the trickery of the priest of Bel in Babylon and convinces the king that Bel is only an image and not an actual living deity.”

Excerpted from: Murphy, Bruce, ed. Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia, Fourth Edition. New York: Harper Collins, 1996.

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