Canaanites and Philistines

  title={Canaanites and Philistines},
  author={Robert C. Drews},
  journal={Journal for the Study of the Old Testament},
  pages={39 - 61}
  • R. Drews
  • Published 1 December 1998
  • History
  • Journal for the Study of the Old Testament
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