THE LAND OF THE PHILISTINES

 The Land of Philistines

The Philistines are mentioned in the Tanakh but also in Egyptian and other archaeological sources. The Septuagint affirms they come from Caphtor:

"Are ye not as the children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? saith the L-rd. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt, and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?"

 

In Cairo, a fresco representing Ramses III of the 20th dynasty, was discovered depicting the battle with Philistine ships (Battle of Medinet Habu).

The stern of the boat, in a shape of a goose, helps us to recognize the Philistine's army.

Later, the Philistines came to Israel and settled in 5 cities:

Gaza

Ekron

Ashdod

Ashkelon

Gath

 

We propose that with Bible in hand, you follow the footsteps of the Philistines, by visiting the many archaeological remains of the Shféla, the place of residence for the people of the sea... 

 

Suggested itineraries:

Tel Azeka and the battle between David and Goliath

Archaeological Park of Ashkelon: The largest Philistine city

Ashdod and the Philistine Museum

Gath, Tel es-Safi: Goliath's city