The Philistines and Other "Sea Peoples" in Text and Archaeology

Ann E Killebrew (Editor), Gunnar Lehmann (Editor)

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The search for the biblical Philistines, one of ancient Israel’s most storied enemies, has long intrigued both scholars and the public. Archaeological and textual evidence examined in its broader eastern Mediterranean context reveals that the Philistines, well-known from biblical and extrabiblical texts, together with other related groups of “Sea Peoples,” played a transformative role in the development of new ethnic groups and polities that emerged from the ruins of the Late Bronze Age empires. The essays in this book, representing recent research in the fields of archaeology, Bible, and history, reassess the origins, identity, material culture, and impact of the Philistines and other Sea Peoples on the Iron Age cultures and peoples of the eastern Mediterranean.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSociety of Biblical Literature
Number of pages772
ISBN (Electronic)9781589837218
ISBN (Print)9781589831292
StatePublished - Mar 2013

Publication series

NameArchaeology and biblical studies
PublisherSociety of Biblical Literature


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