The Philistines in the Bible: A Late-Monarchic Perspective

  title={The Philistines in the Bible: A Late-Monarchic Perspective},
  author={Israel Finkelstein},
  journal={Journal for the Study of the Old Testament},
  pages={131 - 167}
  • I. Finkelstein
  • Published 1 December 2002
  • History
  • Journal for the Study of the Old Testament
The biblical references to the Philistines do not contain any memory of early Iron I events or cultural behaviour. A few texts, such as the Ark Narrative and stories reflecting the importance of Gath, seem to portray late Iron I and early Iron II memories. Most of the Philistine material, even if historically stratified and containing seeds of early tales as well as evidence for more than one redaction, is based on the geographical, historical and ideological background of late-monarchic times… 
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