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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Remnants of the Philistines.....

Archaeologists are piecing together the history of a people remembered as the bad guys of the Hebrew Bible.  The remains of an ancient metropolis of Gath, appear in the biblical story close to three millennia ago.  The most famous resident, according to the Book of Samuel, was Goliath.  Gath was on the frontier between the Philistines, who occupied the Mediterranean coastal plain, and the Israelites, who controlled the inland hills.  This digging sheds light on how the Philistines lived in the 10th and 9th centuries B.C.  Around 604 B.C., Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon invaded and put the Philistines' cities to the sword. There is no remnant of them after that.  Every year they have an annual digging season in this area to try and find items from that era.

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