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Baal: noun – a Canaanite deity, usually, but not always, in the form of a calf. Associated with storms and rain, initially, he was later a vegetation god involved with fertility. Latterly, Baal has been associated with idolatry.
'Whether you worship Baal or some other divine being, you are probably bowing down to a myth initially designed to explain the inexplicable.'