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Mesopotamia / Religions / Gods and goddesses /
Akkad / Religion /

In Akkadian religion, the name used for the Sumerian god Enlil. The Akkadians developed him further, making Bel the god of order and destiny.
The change into "Bel" is not really a process of renaming, as Bel was a neutral term, meaning "the Lord" or "God". This indicated an elevation of him.
Bel is of the same root as for god, Baal of West Semitic religions.

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By Tore Kjeilen