Baal-berith


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Baal-berith

(bā`əl-bē`rĭth) [Heb.,=Lord of the covenant], local god of ShechemShechem
, town, central ancient Palestine, the modern Tell Balatan, between Mts. Gerizim and Ebal, near Nablus. Excavations in the 20th cent. indicate a village there c.3500 B.C. Shechem's greatest period began c.1700 B.C. when the Hyksos rebuilt it.
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 mentioned in the Book of Judges. It has been suggested that the Israelites and local inhabitants of Shechem ratified a covenant there in the temple of Baal.
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Running through and stitching together the entire saga is The Lord of the Covenant, or The Baal-Berith, also known as Gideon's mysterious Ephod of Gold.
With the aid of money obtained from the house of Baal-berith, Abimelech hired vain and light fellows, who followed him.