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Notes on the Origin of the Biblical Tradition Regarding Achish King of Gath

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In early biblical tradition the king of Gath was probably anonymous. Later, Achish, the non-Semitic name of the well-known seventh century king of Ekron was borrowed to emphasize the “otherness” of the Philistine ruler of David’s time.

Affiliations: 1: The Open University of Israel


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