He sought the sanctuary at Nob, where he had been wont to consult the priestly oracle (xxii.
The tradition that David slew Goliath, brought his head to Jerusalem, and deposited his sword in Nob (xvii., cf.
Xxi., and this slaughter may possibly be identified with the massacre at Nob recorded in I Sam.
5.; Goliath's sword lying behind the "ephod " or plated image at Nob, I Sam.
Like the teraphim it was part of the common stock of Hebrew cult; it is borne (rather than worn) by persons acting in a priestly character (Samuel at Shiloh, priests of Nob, David), it is part of the worship of individuals (Gideon at Ophrah), and is found in a private shrine with a lay attendant (Micah; Judg.
It is evidently regarded as the one which had been in Nob (I Sam.
9), and the presence of the priests at Nob is no less clearly regarded as the sequel of the fall of Shiloh.
9, where Goliath's sword is wrapped in a cloth in the sanctuary of Nob behind the ephod.
24-47); and the place-names Anathoth (" Anaths'j), Nob (Nebo?), Bethninib, Beth-shemesh.
The account of the ferocious slaughter of the priests of Nob at Saul's command by Doeg the Edomite is a secondary tradition and probably of late origin (1 Sam.
High; Nob Hill, where the railway and mining " kings " of the 'sixties and 'seventies of the 19th century built their homes, which only in recent years has lost its exclusiveness, is 300 ft.
With the loss of Shiloh is explained the appearance of the priests at Nob outside Jerusalem (xxi.
But it is clear that Nob (I Sam.
Chinatown, at the foot of Nob Hill, covers some twelve city blocks, and with its temples, rich bazaars, strange life and show of picturesque colours and customs, it is to strangers one of the most interesting portions of the city.