Tag Archives: Sea Peoples

Not quite Indiana Jones, but really exciting stuff

I have written before about the Bronze Age Collapse.  The political structure, civilization, and trading system of the Eastern Mediterranean seem to have just suddenly cracked up a little after -1200.  The Sea Peoples had some role in this.  But … Continue reading

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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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Dan and the twelve-tribe narrative

A long-standing theory about the tribe of Dan is that it was a tribe of the Sea Peoples who became attached to Israel. There are a number of reasons for this. There was a Sea Peoples group named the Denyen … 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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Cline-some wrong or partial explanations

Eric H. Cline in 1177 B.C, the Year Civilization Collapsed examines the various possible explanations for the late Bronze Age collapse.  He looks at the environmental factors.  For instance, there definitely were earthquakes in the 13th century.  Some of these … Continue reading

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Cline-a perfect storm

The book I am reading has the title 1177 BC: the Year Civilization Collapsed. It is by Eric H. Cline. His choice of 1177 as the crucial year could be contested. But in the 8th year of the reign of … Continue reading

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The other Philistines

I need to revisit the topic of the Philistines in the 11th century B.C.E. In last month’s reading project I talked about Avraham Faust’s understanding that early Iron Age Israel developed its ethnic consciousness over against the culture of the … Continue reading

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