Religious structures, which were probably the most important and most visible institutions in the biblical world. 1 Samuel mentions the “House of Dagon” (1Sam 5:2, 1Sam 5:5) and the “House of Ashtaroth” (1Sam 31:10). Judges refers to the “House of Baal-berith” (Judg 9:46) and the “House of El-berith” (Judg 9:4).
2then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the house of Dagon and placed it beside Dagon.
5This is why the priests of Dagon and all who enter the house of Dagon do not step on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.
10They put his armor in the temple of Astarte; and they fastened his body to the wall of Beth-shan.
46When all the lords of the Tower of Shechem heard of it, they entered the stronghold of the temple of El-berith.
4They gave him seventy pieces of silver out of the temple of Baal-berith with which Abimelech hired worthless and reckless fellows, who followed him.