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baal (3) in Smith's Bible Dictionary

geographical. This word occurs as the prefix or suffix to the names of several places in Israel, some of which are as follows: 1. BAAL a town of Simeon, named only in #1Ch 4:33| which from the parallel list in #Jos 19:8| seems to have been identical with BAALATH-BEER. 2. BAALAH (mistress). a. Another name for KIRJATH-JEARIM, or KIRJATH BAAL, the well-known town now Kuriet el Enab. #Jos 15:9,10; 1Ch 13:6| b. A town in the south of Judah, #Jos 15:29| which in Josh 19:3 is called BALAH, and in the parallel list, #1Ch 4:29| BILHAH. 3. BAALATH (mistress), a town of Dan named with Gibbethon, Gath-rim-mon and other Philistine places. #Jos 19:44| 4. BAALATH-BEER (lord of the well). BAAL 1, a town among those in the south part of Judah, given to Simeon, which also bore the name of RAMATH-NEGEB, or "the height of the south." #Jos 19:8| 5. BAAL-GAD (lord of fortune), used to denote the most northern, #Jos 11:17; 12:7| or perhaps northwestern, #Jos 13:5| point to which Joshua's victories extended. It was in all probability a Phoenician or Canaanite sanctuary of Baal under the aspect of Gad or Fortune. 6. BAAL-HAMON (lord of a multitude), a place at which Solomon had a vineyard, evidently of great extent. #So 8:11| 7. BAAL-HAZOR (village of Baal), a place where Absalom appears to have had a sheep-farm, and where Amnon was murdered. #2Sa 13:23| 8. MOUNT BAAL-HERMON (Lord of Hermon), #Jud 3:3| and simply Baal-hermon. #1Ch 5:23| This is usually considered as a distinct place from Mount Hermon; but we know that this mountain had at least three names #De 3:9| and Baal-hermon may have been a fourth in use among the Phoenician worshippers. 9. BAAL-MEON (lord of the house), one of the towns which were built by the Reubenites. #Nu 32:38| It also occurs in #1Ch 5:8| and on each occasion with Nebo. In the time of Ezekiel it was Moabite, one of the cities which were the "glory of the country." #Eze 25:9| 10. BAAL-PERAZIM (lord of divisions), the scene of a victory of David over the Philistines, and of a great destruction of their images. #2Sa 5:20; 1Ch 14:11| See #Isa 28:21| where it is called MOUNT PERAZIM. 11. BAAL-SHALISHA (lord of Shalisha), a place named only in #2Ki 4:42| apparently not far from Gilgal; comp. #2Ki 4:38| 12. BAAL-TAMAR (lord of the palm tree), a place named only in #Jud 20:33| as near Gibeah of Benjamin. The palm tree (tamar) of Deborah, #Jud 4:5| was situated somewhere in the locality, and is possibly alluded to. 13. BAAL-ZEPHON (lord of the north), a place in Egypt near where the Israelites crossed the Red Sea. #Nu 33:7; Eze 14:2,9| We place Baal-zephon on the western shore of the Gulf of Suez, a little below its head, which at that time was about 30 or 40 miles northward of the Present head.

baal (3) in Fausset's Bible Dictionary

A town of Simeon (1 Chronicles 4:33), identical with BAALATH BEER (Joshua 19:8), i.e. "Baal of the well", "holy well". Also called RAMATH (NEGEB, "the heights (Ramath) of the S." (Negeb), a parched region (Joshua 19:8).