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Bel an alternative form of the name of the god Baal, occurring most frequently in Bel and the Dragon, two stories included as a single item in the Apocrypha. The first relates how the prophet Daniel convinced the Babylonian king that the offerings of food and drink which were daily set before the image of Bel were not really eaten by the god but were secretly removed by the priests. As a result, the priests were executed and the image destroyed.

In the second story, which is apparently based on an ancient Semitic myth, Daniel obtained the king's consent to attack a dragon, and killed it by feeding it with cakes made of pitch, fat, and hair. This so enraged the people that they insisted that Daniel should be cast into a den of seven lions. With the help of the prophet Habakkuk, who was miraculously transported from Judaea to feed him, he was saved from death and freed. In consequence the king became a worshipper of Yahweh.


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bel / bel/ • n. a unit used in the comparison of power levels in electrical communication or of intensities of sound, corresponding to an intensity ratio of 10 to 1. See also decibel.

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Bel (bāl, bĕl), deity of the Middle Eastern religions. The name is a cognate of that of Baal. For Bel in the Bible, see Bel and the Dragon.

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Bel / bel/ another name for Baal.

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BEL British Electrotechnical Committee

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