When Saul, the first king of Israel, was killed by the Philistines in battle, 1st Samuel 31:9-10 say they cut off his head and put his armor in a temple to Ashtoreth in the city of Beth Shan while they fastened his body to the city wall. 1st Chronicles 10:10 says they put Saul’s head in the temple of Dagon, a Philistine god. The problem is that Ashtoreth is a Canaanite fertility goddess. Bible-doubting historians said, “Here we go again, another Bible contradiction.” They felt there was no way the Philistines would have worshiped Ashtoreth, a goddess of their hated enemies. But an excavation indeed found two temples in Beth Shan connected by a hallway. One temple was dedicated to Ashtoreth while the other was for Dagon. It seems that the Philistines had “adopted” the Canaanite goddess. This is no more unbelievable than the Jews who did the very same thing themselves repeatedly, worshiping the pagan Canaanite gods (much to Jehovah’s displeasure). As always, the Bible is eventually proven to be right and accurate.
Posted by: Rob Lester | June 21, 2010
A Bible “contradiction” about where Saul’s body was taken?