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  1. Philistines

    The Philistines, Pleshet or Peleset, were a people who as part of the Sea Peoples appeared in the southern coastal area of Canaan at the beginning of the Iron Age, most probably from the Aegean region. According to the Bible, they ruled the five city-states of Gaza, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ekron and Gath, from Wadi Gaza in the south to the Yarqon River in the north, but with no fixed border to the east. The Bible paints them as the Kingdom of Israel's most dangerous enemy. Originating somewhere in the Aegean, their population was around 25,000 in the 12th century BC, rising to a peak of 30,000 in the 11th century BC, of which the Aegean element was not more than half the total, and perhaps much less. Nothing is known for certain about the original language or languages of the Philistines, however they were not part of the Semitic Canaanite population. There is some limited evidence in favour of the assumption that the Philistines were Indo-European-speakers either from Greece and/or Luwian speakers from the coast of Asia Minor. Philistine-related words found in the Bible are not Semitic, and can in some cases, with reservations, be traced back to Proto-Indo-European roots. By the beginning of the 1st Millennium BC they had adopted the general Canaanite language of the region.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Philistines

    a people, for long of uncertain origin, but now generally believed to have been originally emigrants from Crete, who settled in the plain, some 40 m. long by 15 broad, extending along the coast of Palestine from Joppa on the N. to the desert on the S., and whose chief cities were Ashdod, Askelon, Ekron, Gaza, and Gath; they were a trading and agricultural people, were again and again a thorn in the side of the Israelites, but gradually tamed into submission, so as to be virtually extinct in the days of Christ; their chief god was Dagon (q. v.).

Etymology and Origins

  1. Philistines

    The inhabitants of ancient Philistia, or “Palestine.” Because these were continually at war with the Jews, the term has been applied by university students to the citizens generally, and to the preservers of law and order more particularly. “A battle with the Philistines” is but another name for “a town row.” By the people of Norfolk too, policemen and bailiffs, likewise earwigs and such tiny tormentors, are called Philistines.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of philistines in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of philistines in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of philistines in a Sentence

  1. Lawrence Stager:

    The Philistines have had some bad press, and this will dispel a lot of myths.

  2. Charlie Mayhew:

    We are not out to destroy and to rule out genuine antiques and pieces of real cultural value that date back hundreds of years, we're not philistines.

  3. Daniel Master:

    Our study has shown for the first time that the Philistines immigrated to this region in the 12th century (BC), we didn't show it by showing similar styles of pottery, we didn't show it by looking at texts, we showed it by looking at the DNA of the people themselves.

  4. Michal Feldman:

    This ancestral component is derived from Europe, or to be more specific, from southern Europe, so the ancestors of the Philistines must have traveled across the Mediterranean and arrived in Ashkelon sometime between the end of the Bronze age and the beginning of the Iron age, there would be a lot more that we can say if we had more data, for example we could maybe more precisely pinpoint the source of this migration.

  5. William O. Douglas:

    Any test that turns on what is offensive to the communitys standards is too loose, too capricious, too destructive of freedom of expression to be squared with the First Amendment. Under that test, juries can censor, suppress, and punish what they dont like, provided the matter relates to sexual impurity or has a tendency to excite lustful thoughts. This is community censorship in one of its worst forms. It creates a regime where in the battle between the literati and the Philistines, the Philistines are certain to win.

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