Oops! I’m still waiting for the Palestinians to produce ONE archeological crumb that proves otherwise.
OK, folks, here I’m gonna throw gasoline on the fire.
The Hebrew term “pelistim” occurs 286 times in the Masoretic text of the Hebrew bible (of which 152 times in 1 Samuel), whereas in the Greek Septuagint version of the Hebrew Bible, the equivalent term phylistiim occurs only 12 times, with the remaining 269 references instead using the term “allophylos” (“of another tribe”). According to Joshua 13:3 and 1 Samuel 6:17, the land of the Philistines (or Allophyloi), called Philistia, was a Pentapolis in south-western Levant comprised the five city-states of Gaza, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ekron, and Gath, from Wadi Gaza in the south to the Yarqon River in the north, but with no fixed border to the east. The Bible portrays them at one period of time as among the Kingdom of Israel’s most dangerous enemies. Biblical scholars have connected the Philistines to other biblical groups such as Caphtorim and the Cherethites and Pelethites, which have both been identified with Crete, and leading to the tradition of an Aegean origin.
Since 1822, scholars have connected the Biblical Philistines with the Egyptian “Peleset” inscriptions, all five of which appear from c.1150 BCE just as archaeological references to “Kinaḫḫu” or “Ka-na-na” (Canaan) come to an end, and since 1873 they have both been connected with the Aegean “Pelasgians”. While the evidence for these connections is etymological and has been disputed, this identification is held by the majority of egyptologists and biblical archaeologists. Archaeological research to date has been unable to corroborate a mass settlement of Philistines during the Ramesses III era.
Why would the Jews use two different terms for the people pf Philistia? A couple of reasons. If you take away someone’s name, they become non-people, lesser beings. Ans if they call themselves something else……. well, we call the people in north central Europe “Germans”. They call themselves “Deutsch”. If you go to a school today and ask the students “Who are the Deutsch”? the answer you will get is “The Dutch are the people who live in Holland” The Pennsylvania Dutrch are not Hollanders, they’re Germans from the Palatinate of the Rhine.
So let me get this straight… what you’re saying is that the Palestinians are former Philistines that the evil Jews took their name from and then feeling dispossessed moved to Germany then onward to Pennsylvania and now build sheds and bake shoofly pies? 🙂
Did I get that right, vM? LOL
Not quite. But that makes almost as much sense as what’s going on in the middle-east for them past 4,000 years (give or take a week). But the Palestinians DO take their name from the Philistines, who were in the area (SW Coast of what’s now Israel) when the Hebrews first came into the “Land of Canaan”.
Sounds like the Pallys have been in a self-imposed perpetual cluster for a long long time. They have self-ruined any chances of a homeland because of their inability to act like civilized peoples. I fully realize the Israelis have their fair share of the blame for some of the problems since some of their actions were simply boneheaded but they have title to the land and are entitled to security and self-determination. The Pallys would have the same if they simply laid down their arms but it doesn’t support the aims of their handlers.
Exactly. The Pallies got so hooked up with the Muslim “kill the Jews” infata that they have pretty much given up any claim to civilized behavior. Had they acted like civilized people, they would have most of the world on their side in their seeking a nation of their own. Particularly since, unlike most of the Jews (the Dispersia) they never left they lands.
Maybe someone should tell them they’re lesser beings so they’ll stop trying to wipe out Israel.
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