- A sea-going people who came originally from Crete (= Caphtor, Amos 9:7) but after defeat by the Egyptians, they settled along the sea-border of the southern part of Palestine (which takes its name from them). They became neighbours and enemies of the Israelites. The five main cities were Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gath, and Ekron. The Philistines and the Israelites fought for the available land; after the monarchy was established with Saul as king, Israel tended to prevail, in spite of setbacks, but it was David who claimed the final victory (2 Sam. 8:1). The Philistines became vassals of Assyria in the 8th cent. and of Egypt in the 7th, but finally the Babylonians conquered them (604 BCE) and deported the people (Jer. 47).The popular reputation of the Philistines for cultural insensitivity is not borne out by archaeological discoveries of their artefacts from many centuries; these suggest an aesthetic appreciation richer than that of their Hebrew rivals.
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PHILISTINES — (Heb. פְּלִשְׁתִּים), a people of Aegean origin occupying the south coast of Palestine, called Philistia (פְּלֶשֶׁת, peleshet) in the Bible, and often at war with the Israelites. The name Philistine is first found in the Egyptian form prst as one … Encyclopedia of Judaism
Philistines — • Inhabitants of the maritime plain of Palestine from the time of Judges onward Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Philistines Philistines … Catholic encyclopedia
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Philistines — A people named the Peleset who formed part of the coalition known as the Sea Peoples who invaded Egypt during the reign of Ramesses III of Dynasty 20. Ramesses III claims that they were defeated and that he allowed them to settle in southern… … Ancient Egypt
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