Despite the capture of the ark after the disastrous battle of Shiloh, Yahweh had in the end shown himself through a destructive plague superior in might to the Philistine Dagon.
The fugitives took sanctuary in the temple of Dagon at Azotus.
" But Jonathan burned the temple of Dagon and those who fled into it."
She is everywhere the great female principle, answering to the Baal of the Canaanites and Phoenicians 2 and to the Dagon of the Philistines.
The trophy was set up in the Philistine temple of Ashdod, but vindicated its superiority by overthrowing the god Dagon.