BAR 5:01, Jan/Feb 1979
BAR Readers to Restore Israelite Village from the Days of the Judges
BARs Archaeological Preservation Fund has agreed to preserve and restore the site of Izbet Sartah.
Many scholars believe Izbet Sartah is Biblical Ebenezer, where the Israelites mustered for a critical battle with the Philistines in the days of the Judges (see 1 Samuel 4). The Israelites lost the battle, and the Ark of the Covenant was captured by the Philistines. This defeat made clear to the Israelites that their loose tribal confederation was inadequate protection against the encroaching Philistines, so the Israelites for the first time placed themselves under an earthly kingSaul of Benjamin (see An Israelite Village from the Days of the Judges, BAR 04:03).