He was worshiped as a fertility god who provided children. Baal worship was rooted in sensuality and involved ritualistic prostitution in the temples. As for why the worship of Baal (male) and Asherah (female) specifically was such a problem for Israel, there are several reasons: first, the worship of Baal and Asherah held the allure of illicit sex, since the religion involved ritual prostitution. This is exactly what we see in the incident of Baal of Peor, as “the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women, who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods” (Numbers 25:1-14). It was during this episode that an Israelite named Zimri brazenly brought a Midianite woman into the camp and went straight to his tent where Phinehas killed them both in their fornication.
Another reason that the worship of Baal and Asherah was a perennial problem for Israel is…
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