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דגון , corn, from דגן , or דג , a fish, god of the Philistines. It is the opinion of some that Dagon was represented like a woman, with the lower parts of a fish, like a triton or syren. Scripture shows clearly that the statue of Dagon was human, at least, the upper part of it. 1 Samuel 5:4-5 . A temple of Dagon at Gaza was pulled down by Samson, Judges 16:23 , &c. In another, at Ashdod, the Philistines deposited the ark of God, 1 Samuel 5:1-3 . A city in Judah was called Beth-Dagon; that is, the house, or temple, of Dagon, Joshua 15:41 ; and another on the frontiers of Asher, Joshua 19:27 .

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Dagon'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. 1831-2.

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