The god of the Philistines (Judg. 16: 23 ff.; 1 Sam. 5: 2 ff.), and also of various Mesopotamian countries. According to 1 Sam. 5: 2–7 the effect of the Ark of Yahweh being captured and placed provocatively in the temple at Ashdod was first to make the idol fall and then to shatter it in pieces.