Post Arab conquest history:
Post conquest history comments:
If indeed there was a monastery at the site, which is not certain, it most likely ceased to function after the Arab conquest. This supposition is based on the site functioning as a waystation on the pilgrimage route to Jerusalem. With the Arab conquest, a steep drop in the number of pilgrims would have made the waystation redundant. Drawing from the situation of other monasteries providing the same services, it is safe to assume that it no longer functioned. Schick pointed out that the church may have continued to function in the Early Islamic period up to the first half of the 11th c..