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The DNA of the Philistines

Could we be on the verge of finding out who the Philistines and other Sea Peoples were? There has just been published a report about the genetic ancestry of the Bronze Age Minoan and Mycenaean people. These would have been … Continue reading

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Khirbet ed-Dawwara–Israelite, Philistine or Judean?

The theory of Yosef Garfinkel that his excavation at Khirbet Qeiyafa (KQ) points to state formation in Judah under David may also revise other theories about state formation in early Israel. Previously the site called Khirbet ed-Dawwara (KD) played an … Continue reading

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Baden-a new nation founded

I am reading Joel Baden’s The Historical David. I have come to the point where David conquers the old kingdom of Saul in the north. Here is a summary of the events as Baden sees them: The situation is that … Continue reading

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Baden-David in survival mode

If I disagree with Joel Baden, in his The Historical David, point by point it will get tiresome. It will also give the wrong impression. I basically agree with him that the story of David’s rise is propaganda and that … Continue reading

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Baden-history and embellishment

Joel Baden’s book, The Historical David, is my current reading project. The presence of the Philistines in Gaza gives the context for the stories about David and Saul. From sources outside the Bible we know that the Philistine presence in … Continue reading

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Dijkstra-Iron Age 1 on the coast and in the hills

I am finishing today with my treatment of Meindert Dijkstra’s “The Origins of Israel Between History and Ideology”. He uses both Israelite and Egyptian documents. But he thinks both are obscured by ideologies that require us to go behind them … Continue reading

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Philistine graveyard at Ashkelon

This is interesting and promising.  The AP reports that archeologists announced yesterday that they have been quietly excavating a Philistine cemetery since 2013.  See here. The team is now performing DNA, radiocarbon and other tests on bone samples uncovered at the cemetery, … Continue reading

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