I was just doing some self study on the history of the Middle East; this Middle East thing which seems to be jammed down our throats every day causing
unrest in our minds. Its such a little skirmish involving a relatively small amount of people on a small piece of land - yet it dominates the world
human psyche through our media. If this is some ploy to distract our attention from other matters and cause us unrest, then let me tell you.. they're
doing a good job.
On to the post..
Reading on the history of the Middle East - in particular, the region of Canaan
, I couldn't help but
notice that the word 'Philistine' is similar to 'Palestine', and read that the 'Philistines' were depicted as the ancient arch-enemies of the
Israelites in the Bible.
Could it be true, (I'm sure others know better than me on this topic..) ..that the Israelis of today are the descendents of the Israelites, and the
Palestinians of today are the descendents of the Philistines?
Here are some excerpts from this article on the Philistines
"A few biblical texts, such as the Ark Narrative .. seem to portray Late Iron I and Early Iron II memories. They (the Philistines) are mentioned more
than 250 times, the majority in the Deuteronomistic history, and are depicted as among the arch-enemies of the Israelites, a serious and recurring
"The Bible paints the Philistines as the main enemy of the Israelites (prior to the rise of the Assyrian Empire between the 10th century BC and late
7th century BC) with a state of almost perpetual war between the two peoples."
"Battles between Israel and the Philistines
The following is a list of battles purported in the Bible between Israel and the Philistines:
The Battle of Shephelah (2 Chronicles 28:18).
Israel defeated at the Battle of Aphek, Philistines capture the Ark (1 Samuel 4:1–10)—see Eben-Ezer; Aphek.
Philistines defeated at the Battle of Eben-Ezer (1 Samuel 7:3–14).
Skirmish at Michmash, Philistines routed by Jonathan and his men (1 Samuel 14).
Near the Valley of Elah, David defeats Goliath in single combat (1 Samuel 17).
The Philistines defeat Israel on Mount Gilboa, killing King Saul and his three sons Jonathan, Abinadab and Malkishua (1 Samuel 31).
Hezekiah defeats the Philistines as far as Gaza and its territory (2 Kings 18:5–8)."
My comment: That's interesting - there is a Gaza back then also.
"Another theory, proposed by Jacobsohn and supported by others, is that the name derives from the attested Illyrian locality Palaeste, whose
inhabitants would have been called Palaestīnī according to normal grammatical practice."
Some excerpts from footnotes:
"11. Drews 1998, p. 49: "As the Egyptian province in Asia collapsed after the death of Merneptah, and as the area that identified itself as
‘Canaan’ shrank to the coastal cities beneath the Lebanon range, the names ‘Philistia’ and ‘Philistines’ (or, more plainly,
‘Palestine’ and ‘Palestinians’) came to the fore""
"21. Drews 1998, p. 49: "Our names ‘Philistia’ and ‘Philistines’ are unfortunate obfuscations, first introduced by the translators of the
LXX and made definitive by Jerome’s Vg. When turning a Hebrew text into Greek, the translators of the LXX might simply—as Josephus was later to
do—have Hellenized the Hebrew פְּלִשְׁתִּים as Παλαιστίνοι, and the toponym פְּלִשְׁתִּ as Παλαιστίνη.
Instead, they avoided the toponym altogether, turning it into an ethnonym. As for the ethnonym, they chose sometimes to transliterate it (incorrectly
aspirating the initial letter, perhaps to compensate for their inability to aspirate the sigma) as φυλιστιιμ, a word that looked exotic
rather than familiar, and more often to translate it as άλλόφυλοι. Jerome followed the LXX’s lead in eradicating the names, ‘Palestine’
and ‘Palestinians’, from his Old Testament, a practice adopted in most modern translations of the Bible.""
So what do others think?
Are the Israelis of today the descendents of the Israelites in the Bible, and the Palestinians the descendents of the Philistines?
Or are they genetically assimilated populations, far from the peoples of thousands of years ago, taking on some fantasy roles of the Bible?
Whatever the case may be - a fantasy, or a war lasting for thousands of years - its pretty lame and ridiculous.. and the good people of this Earth do
not deserve your nonsense.