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ebenezer


ebenezer


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Eben-ezer 
  stone  of  help,  the  memorial  stone  set  up  by  Samuel  to 
  commemorate  the  divine  assistance  to  Israel  in  their  great 
  battle  against  the  Philistines,  whom  they  totally  routed  (1  Sam. 
  7:7-12)  at  Aphek,  in  the  neighbourhood  of  Mizpeh,  in  Benjamin, 
  near  the  western  entrance  of  the  pass  of  Beth-horon.  On  this 
  very  battle-field,  twenty  years  before  the  Philistines  routed 
  the  Israelites,  "and  slew  of  the  army  in  the  field  about  four 
  thousand  men"  (4:1,2;  here  and  at  5:1,  called  "Eben-ezer"  by 
  anticipation).  In  this  extremity  the  Israelites  fetched  the  ark 
  out  of  Shiloh  and  carried  it  into  their  camp.  The  Philistines  a 
  second  time  immediately  attacked  them  and  smote  them  with  a 
  very  great  slaughter,  "for  there  fell  of  Israel  thirty  thousand 
  footmen.  And  the  ark  of  God  was  taken"  (1  Sam.  4:10).  And  now  in 
  the  same  place  the  Philistines  are  vanquished,  and  the  memorial 
  stone  is  erected  by  Samuel  (q.v.).  The  spot  where  the  stone  was 
  erected  was  somewhere  "between  Mizpeh  and  Shen."  Some  have 
  identified  it  with  the  modern  Beit  Iksa,  a  conspicuous  and 
  prominent  position,  apparently  answering  all  the  necessary 
  conditions;  others  with  Dier  Aban,  3  miles  east  of  'Ain  Shems. 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Eben-ezer,  the  stone  of  help