Post Arab conquest history:
Post conquest history comments:
A Christian population continued to exist at the site in the early years of the Arab conquest and the church remained in use. The wine press ceased to function and was converted into an olive press. Apparently, the Christian population abandoned the site sometime in the first half of the eighth century and it became a slaughter house in the Abbasid period.
The location of the church outside the main precinct casts a doubt on the identification of the site as a monastery.