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November 11

Jeremiah 44; Hebrews 10:19-39

Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:

In Canaanite mythological texts Baal is sometimes called the son of Dagon. Dagon (Judg. 16:23; 1 Sam. 5:2-7; 1 Chr. 10:10) was the chief god of the ancient Philistines, a grain and fertility god whose most famous temples were at Gaza and Ashdod. Dagon continued to be worshiped by the Canaanites up to the time of Christ.…

Baal's mistress or lover was Anat (or Anath), the goddess of war, love, and fertility. She was the virgin goddess who conceives and was also the victor over Baal's enemies. With the help of Shapash, the sun god, Anat rescued Baal from Mot (the god of death). Her victories in battle were vicious; she is described as up to her hips in gore with heads and hands from the enemies stacked high. Thus, Anat was the driving force in the annual fertility cycle of Baal.

Anat is sometimes identified with the "queen of heaven," to whom the Jews offered incense in Jeremiah's day (Jer. 7:18; 44:17-19, 25).... Anat was the patroness of sex and passion; lewd figurines of this nude goddess have been discovered at various archaeological sites in Palestine.

Ronald F. Youngblood, general editor; F.F. Bruce and R.K. Harrison, consulting editors, Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Dictionary [computer file], electronic edition of the revised edition of Nelson's illustrated Bible dictionary, Logos Library System (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, ©1995.

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