Israel and Phallic Worship
The apostle Paul said that Israel was going over to fornication (I Corinthians 10:8). The religion of this deity was one associated with shame because the prophet Hosea said that Israel "went to Baal-Peor, and separated themselves unto that shame" (Hosea 9:10). And what does Baal-Peor mean in blunt language as the earliest commentators understood it? It means "Lord of the Opening" (the word "opening" having an anatomical meaning both male and female, and used in an obscene sense).
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