Only recommended for fly bastards and Philistines.
He’s the cause of more superstitious dread than Satan himself. Which is odd, because he started out as a local variant of the perfectly respectable Baal. He was a Top God of the Middle-East and had fan clubs everywhere.
The Philistines worshiped him under the name Baal Zebub, meaning ‘Lord of Flies’. Which seems like a strange thing to be Lord of — until you realize that flies carry disease and plague. Anyone who can boss flies around just has to be respected. See Myiagros, for example.
But the Hebrew holy men didn’t like it. For a start, they were terrified of flies, which were not just dangerous pestilential plague-carriers but also detestable in the eyes of the Lord. The last thing they wanted was unclean critters buzzing around the Tabernacle.
Beelzebub Facts and Figures
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: BAAL-ZEBUB, BAAL-ZEBUL, Beelzebul, Baʿal Zəvûv
Area or people: Philistine, Canaan
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
Role: Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 1927
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Article last revised on May 19, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
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