Word Baal means owner.  The cult was founded on the right to buy and sell land; Baal sent rain, he was a god of fertility of the soil.  Ritual prostitution took place in temples. Each Baal had a sacred place, a priesthood, and the “holy women,” the ritual prostitutes.  Samuel mocked priests of Baal and overthrow Baal sites.  There was a temple dedicated to Baal in Jerusalem alongside the temple of Yahweh.  There was a temple, “high place of Baal,” on hill in Nazareth one hundred years earlier from Jesus times.