Here’s an interesting read for those interested in Biblical Archaeology.



4 thoughts on “Philistines

  1. “The Philistines have had some bad press, and this will dispel a lot of myths,” said Lawrence Stager, an architect who has led the expedition that found the cemetery since 1985.”

    It seems that, from this quote, the myths creating this “bad press” will be shown to be wrong. The one of the sources of these myths is your bible, which doesn’t bode well for it.


    • No I think they are just commenting on the way the word became associated with anti art, culture etc which isn’t what the Bible says. In fact in the OT the Philistines are a better equipped. So the findings so far fit that.


      • And how did the term get associated with being anti-art, slaughtering babies, etc? The bible and your religion holds responsibility of that. So, these finds are showing that the claims in the bible are not true.


  2. Hello Club, maybe another read of the article might be helpful. The point of the article is that there was evidence of culture as opposed to what the word philistine has come to mean i.e. “uncultured” Now note the comment “The cosmopolitan life here is so much more elegant and worldly and connected with other parts of the eastern Mediterranean,” Stager said, adding that this was in contrast to the more modest village lifestyle of the Israelites who lived in the hills to the east” In fact, this is exactly how things are portrayed in the book of Judges. In other words, the discovery fits with what the Bible says, quite the opposite of proving its claims are not true.

    You see, what is at stake in the bible -and in deed with God’s assessment of all of us I not how civilised, cultured, modern we are but our relationship to him. For example, it’s Cain’s descendants who build cities and make musical instruments in Genesi 4.

    The problem with the Philistines wasn’t a lack of fine wine, good food, impressive art and architecture but that they oppressed God’s people Israel.

    To put this into modern context. A country can practice democracy, provide the first woman prime-minster in a western democracy, invent football, provide great inventors, enjoy wonderful music, produce a winner at Wimbledon and still send its army into a futile war on a dodgy pretext. What if a later society comes to associate Britain and America so much with the Iraq war that the word “British” becomes a byword for wrong. What if the result is that its used as an insult against those who hate culture and civilisation. If someone was then to start finding Beatles CDs, or excavating St Paul’s Cathedral or to read some of Winston Churchill’s speeches or find a recording of Tony Benn’s oratory. Would that disprove any of the above?


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