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I. Old Testament

Philistines (Heb. פְּלִשְׁתִים/pelištîm; LXX ϕυλιστιείμ/phylistieím [12 occurrences] and ἀλλόϕυλος/allóphylos [269 occurrences]; Egyp. pl/rst) are represented in the Bible as living in the “Land of the Philistines” (Gen 21:32; Exod 13:17; 1 Sam 30:16 etc.); for Jewish narrators most specifically the area extending from Ashdod through Gath and Ekron to the boundary of Judea itself (1 Sam 5:1–12; 6:1). Their leaders …

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Niemann, Hermann Michael and Noort, Ed, “Philistines”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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