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Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
“The stone of help” that Samuel set up to commemorate a great victory over the Philistines (1 Sam 7:12). Also the name of the place where the Philistines defeated Israel and captured the ark of the covenant (1 Sam 4:1; 5:1).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ebenezer. 1. Site where the Israelite army encamped before a battle with the Philistines (1 Sm 4:1–11). It is thought to have been near Aphek, where the Philistines were encamped. The Israelite army was badly defeated in the battle, and 4,000 of its men were slain on the field. The elders of Israel tried
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Ebenezer eb-ə-nēʹzər [Heb. ʾeḇen hāʿezer—‘stone of the help’; Gk. Abenezer].
1. Here Israel was defeated by the Philistines, four thousand men falling in the battle (1 S. 4:1ff.). It appears also to have been the scene of the disaster when the ark of God was captured (vv 3ff.). The place is not identified. It was across from Aphek; but this site also is unknown (cf. Josh. 12:18).
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
EBENEZER1. Site where the Israelite army encamped before a battle with the Philistines (1 Sm 4:1–11). It is thought to have been near Aphek, where the Philistines were encamped. The Israelite army was badly defeated in the battle, and 4,000 of its men were slain on the field. The elders of Israel tried
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Ebenezer (eb´uh-nee´zuhr; Heb., “stone of help”), a site near Aphek, four miles south of Gilgal, according to 1 Samuel. In the account of the defeat of the Israelites and capture of the ark by the Philistines (1 Sam. 4:1–11; 5:1), the meaning of the name seems ironic. In 1 Sam. 7:2–12 Samuel names a
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
EBENEZER (“stone of help”). The name is mentioned three times in the Bible (1 Sam 4:1; 5:1; 7:12). According to 1 Sam 7:12 it was the name given to a stone set up by Samuel to commemorate the divine assistance given to Israel in battle, whereby they were victorious over the Philistines. Its position
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
EBENEZER (Heb. ’eḇen ‘ēzer, ‘stone of help’).1. The site of the dual defeat of Israel at the hands of the Philistines near Aphek in the N of Sharon. The sons of Eli were slain, the ark taken (1 Sa. 4:1–22), and a period of Philistine overlordship begun which continued until the days of national reinvigoration
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
EBEN-EZER The place where the Israelites pitched camp before their battle with the Philistines (1 Sam. 4:1). It was from here that the Philistines took the Ark of God (1 Sam. 5:1). The identification of this site depends on that of Aphek. If the identification of Aphek with Ras el-Ain is accepted, then
Catholic Bible Dictionary
EBENEZER (Hebrew, “stone of help”) The battlefield where Israel defeated the Philistines under the leadership of Samuel (1 Sam 7:12). On the site Samuel erected a monument for the victory, from which the site received its name in honor of the great help provided by the Lord. The field is also associated