god of war and the national god of the Moabites. He is a
jack-of-all-trades, and a master of most. He is equivalent to the
Chemosh was the national deity of the Moabites (Numbers 21:29;
Jeremiah 47:7,13,46). In Judges 11:24 he also appears as the
god of the Ammonites. Solomon introduced, and Josiah abolished,
the worship of Chemosh at Jerusalem (1 Kings 11:7; 2 Kings 23:13).
Chemosh, an ancient West
Semitic deity, revered by the Moabites as their supreme god. Little is
known about Chemosh; although King Solomon of Israel built a sanctuary
to him east of Jerusalem (1 Kings 11:7), the shrine was later abolished
by King Josiah (2 Kings 23:13). The goddess Astarte was probably the
cult partner of Chemosh. On the famous Moabite
Stone, written by Mesha, a 9th-century-bc king of Moab, Chemosh
received prominent mention as the deity who brought victory to the
Moabites in their battle against the Israelites.
chief god of the Moabites. Mesha,
king of Moab, attributed his victories over Israel to Chemosh,
dedicating a "high place" to him at Dibon.
Mesha also proscibed for him the Israelite city of Nebo and part
of the spoils of war. . . . Others view Chemosh as the god of the
neitherworld on the basis of an Akkadian god-list which identified him
with the god Nergal. Support
for this identification may be found in Ugaritic texts.
[4 - Encyclopedia Judiaca Vol. 5, Col. 390