from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An ancient region of southwest Palestine. Strategically located on a trade route from Egypt to Syria, the cities of the region formed a loose confederacy important in biblical times.

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  • n. an ancient region on the coast of southwestern Palestine that was strategically located on a trade route between Syria and Egypt; important in biblical times


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  • By November 1918 the British under Allenby were pursuing the Turks through the region they then called Philistia (so designated in Wavell's memoirs).

    Good Neighbours

  • In any case, to borrow a page from Thomas E. Levy, the emergence of the Israelite state would occur as a result of local peer polity interaction with neighboring statelets such as Philistia, Edom, Moab, and others.

    Quote of the Day (Israel Finkelstein)

  • The Roman name "Philistia" was a fiction invented by the Roman emperor Hadrian after the Bar Kochba Revolt in 135 C.E., a fiction of Hadrian then, and a fiction of the Arabs today, to the same degree.

    Israel: Hadrians curse

  • Version but four times in all, always in poetical passages; the first in (Exodus 15: 14) and Isai 14: 29 The second (Joel 3: 4) In each case the Hebrew is Pelesheth, a word found, besides the above, only in (Psalms 60: 8; 83: 7; 87: 4) and Psal 108: 9 In all which our translators have rendered it by "Philistia" or

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • The modern Gaza Strip, classically known as "Philistia" and later as "Palestine."

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • It had been called "Philistia" for the most part, undoubtedly after the Philistines whose Goliath had fought David thousands of years before.


  • (rendered "Philistia" in Ps. 60: 8; 83: 7; 87: 4; 108: 9) occurs in the Old Testament.

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • What if we just renamed Gaza to Southern Philistia?

    Matthew Yglesias » Parallel

  • Tell us something surprising about the life of women in Philistia.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • It now makes sense archaeologically, quite apart from the Bible, to imagine rival city-state formation going on in Philistia, Israel, and Edom in the time period one expects given what we have in the Bible.

    Quote of the Day (Israel Finkelstein)


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