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Dagon
The national god of the Philistines.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Dagon
Dagon (דגון‎, dgwn), also spelled Dagan. West Semitic and Mesopotamian deity. Prominent in the third millennium bc.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Dagon (Deity)
DAGON (DEITY) [Heb dāgôn (דָּגֹון)]. Dagon is attested as the patron deity of the middle Euphrates region centered around Tuttul, Mari, and esp. Terqa, from the 3d millennium b.c.e. The earliest reference to the worship of this god is in the inscriptions of Sargon of Akkad, though proper names containing
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Dagon
Dagon. Deity worshiped throughout the Mesopotamian world. In the OT, Dagon is the principal god of the Philistines (Jgs 16:23; 1 Sm 5:2–7; 1 Chr 10:10). Shrines to Dagon were found in Israel’s territories (Beth-dagon, Jos 15:41; 19:27).See Philistia, Philistines; Canaanite Deities and Religion.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Dagon
Dagon dāʹgon [Heb. dāg̱ôn—(see below)]. One of the gods of the Philistines. It was to Dagon that they offered thanks at Gaza when Samson fell into their hands (Jgs. 16:23), and to his temple (Heb. bêṯ-dāg̱̣ôn) in Ashdod that they brought the ark after capturing it at Aphek (1 S. 5:1f). The ark
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Dagon
DAGON Deity worshiped throughout the Mesopotamian world. In the OT, Dagon is the principal god of the Philistines (Jgs 16:23; 1 Sm 5:2–7; 1 Chr 10:10). Shrines to Dagon were found in Israel’s territories (Beth-dagon, Jos 15:41; 19:27). See Canaanite Deities and Religion.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Dagon
Dagon (day´gon), an ancient Semitic deity attested in the northern Mesopotamian area from the late third millennium bce and in Canaan during the time of the Israelite settlement and early monarchy. Texts from Ugarit give no information about the god except that he is the father of Baal Haddu, the major
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Dagon
DAGON. In the OT Dagon is a principal deity of the Philistines worshipped in Samson’s time at Gaza (Jdg. 16:21–23), at Ashdod (to Maccabean days, 1 Macc. 10:83–85; 11:4) and at Beth-shan in the days of Saul and David (1 Sa. 5:2–7; 1 Ch. 10:10 with 1 Sa. 31:10). The true origin of this god’s name is lost
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Dagon
Dagon (Heb. dāg̱ôn)A major West Semitic deity who became the national god of the Philistines after their arrival in Canaan. Dagon’s character remains disputed. One portrayal of Dagon as fish-god arose from a folk etymology based on Heb. dāg̱, “fish.” Another suggests Dagon as god of grain (dāg̱ān),
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Dagon
Dagon [dāˊgŏn] (Heb. dāg̱ôn).† Ancient Semitic fertility-god, apparently adopted by the Philistines (Sea Peoples) shortly after their invasion of Palestine and regarded as their national god. Upon capturing Samson, the Philistines offered sacrifices to Dagon in his temple at Gaza, perhaps the
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Dagon
DAGON דגוןI. Dagon is the Hebrew form of the name of the god Dagan, who was an important Mesopotamian and West Semitic deity. Dagon occurs as a Philistine deity in the Hebrew Bible, specifically as the god of Ashdod (1 Sam 5:1–7 and 1 Macc 10:83–84; Judg 16:23 [Gaza]; 1 Chr 10:10 [Beth-Shan?]). The
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Dagon
DAGON A Semitic agricultural god worshipped by the Philistines (Judg 16:23; 1 Sam 5:2). Adopted from the Amorites and the Assyrians, Dagon had numerous temples among the Philistines (1 Sam 5:1–7; Judg 16:23; 1 Chr 10:10; 1 Macc 10:83–84, 11:4), including a large and magnificent one at Gaza.In Judg 16:23–30,
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Dagon
Da´gon (a fish), apparently the masculine, 1 Sam. 5:3, 4, correlative of Atargatis, was the national god of the Philistines. The most famous temples of Dagon were at Gaza, Judges 16:21–30, and Ashdod. 1 Sam. 5:5, 6; 1 Chron. 10:10. The latter temple was destroyed by Jonathan in the Maccabæan wars. Traces
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