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Philistines In The Books Of Kings

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The Philistines have long been of interest to students of the Bible. Although extra-biblical texts - including Egyptian, Neo-Assyrian, Neo-Babylonian, and Greek sources - provide a number of important insights into the history of the Philistines, evidence that could address in detail questions relating to their origin, their historical, cultural, religious, and economic development, and their ultimate fate has only come to light in the last half-century as a result of archaeological excavations. Most importantly, archaeology has shed new light on the role of the Philistines as one of the chief protagonists in the history of biblical Israel. The Philistines, Philistia, and its cities are mentioned a total of 422 times in the Bible, but only 18 of these references occur in The Book of Kings, and these mention only the Philistines and three of their five capital cities, namely, Ekron, Gath, and Gaza.

Keywords: biblical Israel; Egypt; Philistines; The Book of Kings

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