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Beelzebub

[bee-el-zuh-buhb, beel-zuh-] /biˈɛl zəˌbʌb, ˈbil zə-/
noun
1.
the chief devil; Satan.
2.
a devil.
3.
(in Milton's Paradise Lost) one of the fallen angels, second only to Satan.
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British Dictionary definitions for Beelzebub

Beelzebub

/bɪˈɛlzɪˌbʌb/
noun
1.
(Old Testament) a god of the Philistines (2 Kings 1:2)
2.
Satan or any devil or demon
Word Origin
Old English Belzebub, ultimately from Hebrew bá`al zebūb, literally: lord of flies
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Word Origin and History for Beelzebub
Beelzebub
O.E. Belzebub, Philistine god worshipped at Ekron (2 Kings i.2), from L., used in Vulgate for N.T. Gk. beelzeboub, from Heb. ba'al-z'bub "lord of the flies," from ba'al "lord" + z'bhubh "fly." By later Christian writers often taken as another name for "Satan," though Milton made him one of the fallen angels.
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Beelzebub in Culture
Beelzebub [(bee-el-zuh-bub)]

Another name for Satan. Originally a Philistine god, he is called the Prince of Devils in the New Testament.

Note: Beelzebub also appears in Milton's <i>Paradise Lost</i> as one of the fallen angels, second only to Satan in power.
Note: By extension, a “Beelzebub” is any demon or evil spirit.
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Beelzebub in the Bible

(Gr. form Beel'zebul), the name given to Satan, and found only in the New Testament (Matt. 10:25; 12:24, 27; Mark 3:22). It is probably the same as Baalzebub (q.v.), the god of Ekron, meaning "the lord of flies," or, as others think, "the lord of dung," or "the dung-god."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for Beelzebub

in the Bible, the prince of the devils. In the Old Testament, in the form Baalzebub, it is the name given to the god of the Philistine city of Ekron (II Kings 1:1-18). Neither name is found elsewhere in the Old Testament, and there is only one reference to it in other Jewish literature. See devil.

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