Beelzebub

(See BAALZEBUB.)

Beelzebub or more accurately Baalzebub. Worshipped at Ekron; consulted by Ahaziah as to his recovery, for which Jehovah by Elijah declared he should die (2 Kings 1:2-3; 2 Kings 1:16). "Lord of flies," i.e., averter of the plague of flies, which often caused such ravages. A seal found near Gaza by DeHass represents a human figure with four wings like those of a fly, in low relief, probably the god of Ekron. Beelzebul was the Jewish contemptuous term, by a slight alteration, for Beelzebub; i.e., "god of dung&quot