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Baal-peor in Biblical Hebrew
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The name Baal Peor in the Bible

Baal Peor is a Moabite god, which service specifically included sexual acts. Numbers 25 reports that Israel joined in the worship of Baal Peor, which results in a mass execution of 24,000 people.

Etymology of the name Baal Peor

The name Baal Peor consists of two parts: Firstly the word Baal a common word meaning owner, husband:

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

The second segment is the name of a mountain in Moab: Peor. This name comes from the Hebrew verb פער (pa'ar) meaning open wide:

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

Baal Peor meaning

Hosea remarks on the Baal Peor event in Hosea 9:10, and it is clear that the Israelites defiled themselves there with abundant fornication and sexual perversion. All leading translators steer timidly clear from this name, which basically comes down to Lord Hole.

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