A key connection between Dagan and his other identities is the god’s link to the netherworld. One of Dagan’s epithets was bēl pagrê, which has been translated “lord of the dead,” “lord of corpse offerings, lord of corpses (a netherworld god), lord of funerary offerings, and lord of human sacrifices.”
Dagan was very important in the ancient Near East, even if we don’t know much about his character. His cult may have been spread across the region in the twenty-fourth century BC by the great conqueror Sargon of Akkad, who led his troops from near modern Baghdad all the way to the Mediterranean.
Israel’s first king turned out to be something less than ideal. Anointed by Samuel at God’s direction, Saul showed his true colors right from the start. Click here for the notes and the audio of the study.
WE BEGIN our study of the second of the Historical Books, Judges. It chronicles Israel’s slide into apostasy and chaos, showing the need for a godly king to lead them. Click here for the notes and the audio from the study.