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Literally, ‘the crasher’. The foremost deity of the Aramaean peoples of Syria was Hadad, synonymous with Baal-Hadad, who convulsed the earth, shook mountains, and blasted trees. The rulers of Damascus were known in biblical times as Bar-Hadad, ‘the sons of Hadad’. A reference in Zechariah suggests that he fulfilled a fertility role like Baal: there is mention of a lament for the dead god.

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