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BAAL-GAD, in the northern extremity of the Holy Land, “in the valley of Lebanon, under Mount Hermon.” (Josh. 11.17, 12.7, 13.5.) [G.W]

BAAL-MEON, a city of the tribe of Reuben (Numb. 32.38; 1 Chron. 5.8), afterwards occupied by the Moabites. (Ezek. 25.9.) It is mentioned by St. Jerome as a large village in his time, and is placed by him and Eusebius nine miles distant from Heshbon, and near Bare (Baara). (Reland, Palaest. pp. 487, 611.) Burckhardt identifies it with Myoun, 3/4 of an hour SE. of the ruins of Heshbon (Travels, p. 385); but this would not be more than 2 or 3 miles, which is too short an interval. Yet the name (written by Irby and Mangles “Mayn,” p. 464), and the neighbouring hot springs (see St. Jerome, l.c.), seem to identify it with the Scripture site. It stands on a considerable eminence, in a fertile plain. [G.W]

BAAL-SHALISHA (2 Kings, 4.42), a town, it would seem, of the district of Shalisha (1 Sam. 9.4), called by Eusebius and St. Jerome Beth-salisa, is placed by them 15 miles north of Diospolis (Lydda), in the Thammitic district. (Reland, p. 611.) [G.W]

BAAL-TAMAR, a town of the tribe of Benjamin, in the vicinity of Gibeah. (Judges, 20.33.) It existed in the time of Eusebius under the name of Beth-amar. (Reland, p. 611.)


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