בעל זבוב

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Hebrew[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Roots
ב־ע־ל
ז־ב־ב

From בַּעַל(baʿal, lord, master; Baal) + זְבוּב(zvuv, fly, the insect), appearing in the Hebrew Scriptures as the purported name of a deity worshipped by the Philistines in Ekron. It's likely this was not the god's actual name and instead was a polemic against the deity, possibly by associating the figure with defecation (hence flies).

Proper noun[edit]

בַּעַל זְבוּב (Ba'al Zvuvm

  1. Beelzebub, the lord of the flies, a Philistine god sometimes identified by Jews and Christians with Satan

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