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Ichabod (Hebrew: איכבוד, ʼĪḵāḇōḏ; "Name means::no glory") (b. Born::1 Bul 2883 AM) was the younger son of Phinehas, son of Eli, one of two brothers killed while carrying the ark of the covenant into battle. (1_Samuel 4:19-22 )

grandson of::Eli
Ahimelech I
Ahimelech II

On or about {{#show:Capture of the ark|?Began}}, Hophni and Phinehas, at the request of the elders of Israel, carried the ark of the covenant into a major battlefield. Israel had recently suffered a humiliating defeat by the Philistines, with four thousand casualties. (1_Samuel 4:1-4 )

Then an escapee from the battlefield brought back a shocking report: Hophni and Phinehas were dead, along with thirty thousand Israelites, and the ark of the covenant had been captured. (1_Samuel 4:12-18 )

When Phinehas' wife heard the news, she went into premature labor. She bore a son and died in childbirth. Before she died, the midwives told her that she had a son, but she paid no attention. Then she named the boy Ichabod, meaning "no glory," and further said,[1]

"The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God was taken." - 1_Samuel 4:22 (NASB)

Today Ichabod is sometimes a metaphor for great projects, including church building, that go wrong when the project leaders forget the mission.[2][3]

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  1. Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for 'Ichabod'". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". <>. 1897. Accessed January 3, 2009.
  2. Oakland R, "Ichabod," Understand the Times, n.d. Accessed January 3, 2009.
  3. Morris M, "Ichabod," Institute for Creation Research, April 2001. Accessed January 3, 2009.