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Philistine Names and Terms Once Again: A Recent Perspective

Aren M. Maeir, Brent Davis and Louise A. Hitchcock
Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology & Heritage Studies
Vol. 4, No. 4 (2016), pp. 321-340
DOI: 10.5325/jeasmedarcherstu.4.4.0321
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/jeasmedarcherstu.4.4.0321
Page Count: 20
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Abstract

In the last decade or so, new data and interpretations on the onomastics of Iron Age Philistia have appeared. In this article, we review, discuss, and suggest some insights regarding some of these Philistine personal names (e.g., Goliath), names of deities (e.g., PTGYH), and terms (e.g., seren). We assess them from linguistic, cultural, anthropological, and historical points of view. We then propose how they can be understood within the wider socio-cultural context(s) of Iron Age Philistia specifically and the wider eastern Mediterranean in general, and how they can be incorporated into efforts to understand the origins, development, and transformation of the Philistines and their culture(s).

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