We Hear You! -- By: Editor
BSpade 23:4 (Fall 2010) p. 86
We Hear You!
A Comment On The Impact Of Dr. Bryant Wood’s Research On Jericho
Dr. Wood’s contribution to my personal confidence in the Scriptures has been great! For more than thirty years I thought as little as possible about Jericho because I assumed that Dame Kathleen [Kenyon] had had the last word on the site. When I came across Dr. Wood’s article in Biblical Archaeological Review, and his follow up article there in response to being challenged, it was an immense relief! Your website, too, is a source of blessing to many, including me. May it continue to flourish!
Gerald R. Culley
Associate Professor of Greek and Latin (emeritus)
University of Delaware
A Question Concerning The Relationship Between The Ancient Philistines And Modern Day Palestinians From Our Recent Article, The Philistines Enter Canaan: Were They Egyptian Lackeys Or Invading Conquerors? By Dr. Bryant Wood
In the second paragraph, you state that the Philistines “disappeared altogether.” The modern Palestinians claim to be the descendants of the Philistines; hence their name in Arabic: Filistini. Who then were the Palestinians’ ancestors? ancestors?
Dr. Wood responds:
The name Palestine derives from Hebrew pᵉlištîm, translated in the Old Testament as Philistines, appearing for the first time in Genesis 21:32 in the time of Abraham (ca. 2060 BC). It is a name used for peoples originating
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Jars full of grain found by Garstang at Jericho. They were charred in the fire that the Israelites set to destroy the Canaanite city.
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Excavation of Kathleen Kenyon at Jericho showing the remains of the city destroyed by the Israelites in about 1400 BC.
from Crete (=Caphtor in the OT; Jer 47:4; Amos 9:7). In early 12th century BC Egyptian texts the name pelset is applied to one of the groups of Sea Peoples who migrated from the Aegean to the eastern Mediterranean coast. At that time the pᵉlištîm/pelset group settled in the southwest coastal area of Canaan, thus the region became known as pᵉl...
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