The fate of King Saul’s body (1 Chr 10:8-10:10)

“The next day, when the Philistines came to strip the dead, they found King Saul and his sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. They stripped him and took his head and his armor. They sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines, to carry the good news to their idols and to the people. They put his armor in the temple of their gods, and fastened his head in the temple of Dagon.”

Once again, this is almost exactly the same as 1 Samuel, chapter 31, except for the last sentence about what happened to the head of King Saul. The next day, the Philistines confirmed the death of King Saul and his 3 sons. They cut off King Saul’s head and took his armor. They sent news to all the Philistine temples and all the people. Here, like in Samuel, the armor is put in a temple. However, here it says that his head was in the temple of Dagon. Dagon was the national god of the Philistines, represented with the face and hands and upper part of a man, and the tail of a fish. The 2 most famous Dagon temples were in Gaza and Ashdod. In 1 Samuel, it said that the body of King Saul was fastened to a wall in Bethshan.

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