|WikiProject Assyria||(Rated Start-class, Low-importance)|
Possibly worth noting that in the Belgariad series by David Eddings, (particularly in the Belgarath the Sorcerer book in the series) whenever someone becomes a disciple of the god Aldur, the 'Bel' prefix is added to their name. --Darthemed 19:08, 27 August 2006 (UTC)
In Biblical times, "Bel" often was added to a name to signify authority. E.g., "Bel"+Name of King, "Bel"+Official, etc.
There is no reason for "Belenus" to be linked--there is no connection between the Celtic root *bel- ("shining"), and the Semitic Bel or Ba'al ("lord"). I'm removing the link. MaryJones (talk) 02:33, 11 July 2010 (UTC)