Pagan Gods Mentioned in the Bible

The following names are from the New King James Version.

Adrammelech: A Babylonian god worshiped by the Sepharvites – 2 Kings 17:31

Anammelech: A Babylonian god worshiped by the Sepharvites – 2 Kings 17:31

Asherah: The wife of Baal in Canaanite mythology – I Kings 18:19
Also called the prophets of the groves (KJV)

Ashima: A Hittite god worshiped by the people of Hamath – 2 Kings 17:30

Ashtoreths: The plural form of Ashtoreth – Judges 10:6
Also called Ashtaroth (KJV, RSV, NEB, NASB)

Ashtoreth: The Syrian and Phoenician goddess of the moon, sexual love, and fertility – 2 Kings 23:13

Baal: The chief male deity of the Phoenicians and Canaanites – Numbers 22:41

Baal-Berith: A name under which Baal was worshiped in the time of the judges – Judges 9:4

Baal of Peor: An idol of Moab, probably the same as Chemosh – Psalm 106:28
Also called Baal-peor (KJV)

Baals: The plural form of Baal – Judges 8:33
Also called Baalim (KJV)

Baal-Zebub: A name under which Baal was worshiped at the Philistine city of Ekron – 2 Kings 1:2-3

Beelzebub: A heathen god considered by the Jews to be the supreme evil spririt – Mark 3:22

Bel: A god identified with Marduk, chief Babylonian god – Isaiah 46:1

Chemosh: The national god of the Moabites and Ammonites – Jeremiah 48:7, 13
Also called Kemosh (NEB)

Chiun: A star-god , identified with Saturn – Amos 5:26
Also called Kiyyun (NASB) and Kaiwan (RSV)

Dagon: The chief god of the Philistines – I Samuel 5:2-7

Diana: In Roman mythology, the goddess of the moon, hunting, wild animals and virginity – Acts 19:24, 27-28
Also called Artemis (RSV, NIV, NASB)

Gad: A pagan god worshiped by the Israelites along with Meni – Isaiah 65:11
Also called Fortune (RSV, NIV, NASB)

Gold calf: An idol made by the Israelites in the wilderness – Exodus 32

Hermes: The Greek god of commerce, science, invention, cunning, eloquence, and theft – Acts 14:12
Also called Mercurius (KJV) and Mercury (NEB)

Mammon: The Aramaic word for riches, personified by Jesus as a false god – Luke 16:9, 11
Also called worldly wealth (NIV, NEB)

Meni: A heathen deity worshiped by the Israelites along with Gad – Isaiah 65:11
Also called Destiny (RSV, NIV, NASB) and Fate (NEB)

Merodach: The Babylinian god of war and the patron deity of the city of Babylon – Jeremiah 50:2
Also called Marduk (NIV, NEB, NASB)

Milcom: Another name for Molech – Zephaniah 1:5
Also called Malcham (KJV)

Molech: National god of the Ammonites whose worship involved child sacrifice – Leviticus 18:21

Moloch: Another name for Molech – Acts 7:43

Nebo: The Babylonian god of literature, wisdom, and the arts – Isaiah 46:1

Nehushtan: The name given to Moses’ bronze serpent when people began to worship it – 2 Kings 18:4

Nergal: The war god of the men of Cuth, in Media-Persia – 2 Kings 17:30

Nibhaz: An idol worshiped by the Avites – 2 Kings 17:31

Nisroch: An Assyrian god with a temple in Nineveh – Isaiah 37:38

Remphan: An idol worshiped by Israel in the wilderness, perhaps the same as Chiun – Acts 7:43
Also called Rephan (RSV, NIV, NEB) and Rompha (NASB)

Rimmon: The Assyrian god of rain, lightning, and thunder – 2 Kings 5:18

Sikkuth: A name given by the Babylonians to the planet Saturn – Amos 5:26
Also called Sakkuth (RSV)

Succoth Benoth: A Babylonian goddess, the mistress of Marduk – 2 Kings 17:30

Tammuz: A Babylonian fertility god – Ezekiel 8:14

Tartak: An idol worshiped by the Avites – 2 Kings 17:31

Twin Brothers – In Greek mythology, the twin sons of Zeus – Acts 28:11
Also called Castor and Pollux (KJV, NIV, NEB)

Zeus: The supreme god of the ancient Greeks – Acts 14:12-13
Also called Jupiter (KJV, NEB)

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