Post Arab conquest history:
Post conquest history comments:
The site at Khirbet el-Shubeika continued to function well into the Early Isalmic period as a Christian settlement, attested to by the church with a dedicatory inscription. The church was destroyed sometime in the late eighth or early ninth century in a conflagration. No such evidence is found in the settlement to the north which was probably abandoned after the church had burned down.
The nature of the settlement is not clear. A monastic context is made clear by the dated inscription with the mention of the abbot but the whereabouts of the monastic complex have not been established with certainty. Di Segni notes that there is no evidence that the church belonged to a monastery in its early phase. The archaeological data shows that at the end of the eighth or the early ninth century the church was managed by an abbot, who stood at the head of a team of monks but the church continued to serve the lay community (Di Segni 2016: 188*).