Philistine Society in Ancient Canaan

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1y Sep 17, 2020

In this episode Dr. Maeir guides us through Philistine Society and what little bit of information that we know about them.

Was it a hierarchical society? Is their societal structure due to their relationship to Greece? Are there problems with this hypothesis?

What was the relationship between Philistine cities? Were they separate or united? Was Inter-Philistine Competition? Were the Philistines truly a militaristic society?

It also deals with the lack of textual evidence and also brings up the problematic portrayals of the Philistines in ancient Israelite texts like the Bible.

The Philistines were an ancient people who lived on the south coast of Canaan from the 12th century BC until 604 BC, when they were exiled to Mesopotamia by King Nebuchadnezzar II. They are known for their biblical conflict with the Israelite's. Though the primary source of information about the Philistines is the Hebrew Bible, they are first attested to in reliefs at the Temple of Ramses III at Medinet Habu, in which they are called Peleset (accepted as cognate with Hebrew Peleshet); the parallel Assyrian term is Palastu, Pilišti, or Pilistu.

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Image credits:
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Manna Nader, Gabana Studios Cairo

Philistine Temple Footage: Yaron Z. Eliav, M.A., Ph.D

Image Credits: Garry Reznikovsky

Pottery Footage is due to the courtesy of the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East.



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