Palestine and Israel

  title={Palestine and Israel},
  author={David M. Jacobson},
  journal={Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research},
  pages={65 - 74}
  • D. Jacobson
  • Published 1 February 1999
  • History
  • Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
This article critically reexamines the origin of the name Palestine. The earliest occurrence of this name in a Greek text is in the mid-fifth century B. C., Histories of Herodotus, where it is applied to the area of the Levant between Phoenicia and Egypt. Josephus, the Jewish historian of the first century A. D., explicitly links this name to the land of the Philistines and modern consensus agrees with him. Yet, some 300 years earlier, the translators of the Greek Septuagint version of the… 
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