Dagon @ little fish; diminutive from dag = a fish, the fish-god; the national god of the Philistines Judges:16:23). This idol had the body of a fish with the head and hands of a man. It was an Assyrio-Babylonian deity, the worship of which was introduced among the Philistines through Chaldea. The most famous of the temples of Dagon were at Gaza Judges:16:23-30) and Ashdod ( 1Samuel:5:1-7). (See FISH.)
Dagon's house @ ( 1Samuel:5:2), or Beth-dagon, as elsewhere rendered Joshua:15:41; 19:27), was the sanctuary or temple of Dagon. The Beth-dagon of Joshua:15:41 was one of the cities of the tribe of Judah, in the lowland or plain which stretches westward. It has not been identified. The Beth-dagon of Joshua:19:27 was one of the border cities of Asher. That of 1Chronicles:10:10 was in the western half-tribe of Manasseh, where the Philistines, after their victory at Gilboa, placed Saul's head in the temple of their god. (Comp. 1Samuel:31:8-13).