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In a message dated 5/4/2004 5:01:06 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
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> As far as the
> origin of the diety "Bel", he (she?) was worshiped by the Phoenicians as a
> Sun god and honored with a temple in the ancient city of Palmyra on the
> ancient trade route from Tyre and Beruit to Mesopotamia.
>
   That's from Semitic Ba'al "Lord", not PIE *bhel- "shine," which is the
source of the Celtic god.

David Fickett-Wilbar