Baal-peor

Baal-peor

(bā`əl-pē`ôr), in the Bible, local divinity (the Baal) of Peor. According to the Book of Numbers, the Hebrews stayed at Shittim during the wilderness wanderings. While there, Hebrew men had sexual relationships with the local Moabite women. This led to worship of Baal, provoking an immediate outbreak of divine anger. Peor was also known as Beth-peorBeth-peor
, in the Bible, town of ancient Palestine where Baal-peor was worshiped.
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. Under the form Belphegor, the name became that of a devil in the Middle Ages, said to appear in the shape of a young woman; Machiavelli used it in his Belfagor.
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25:1-9), there is an account of Israelite men consorting with Moabite and Midianite women who induced them to worship their idol, Baal-Peor.
Israel became attached to Baal-Peor and the wrath of the Lord flared up against Israel.
Among the charges leveled is that Matthias and his followers indulged in both religious and political idolatry: "Rome was the idol which you worship'd here, / Your Dagon, Ashtaroth, and Baal-Peor.