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Philistines (fĬl´Ĭstēnz, fĬlĬs´–), inhabitants of Philistia, a non-Semitic people who came to Palestine from the Aegean (probably Crete), in the 12th cent. BC Their control of iron supplies and their tight political organization of cities made them a rival of the people of Israel for centuries. Philistine has come to mean an uncultured, materialistic person.

See studies by T. Dothan (1982) and B. F. Griffin (1983).

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Philistines

Philistines. The people occupying S. Palestine who were in conflict with the Israelites at the time of the Judges. Contrary to the colloquial English usage, whereby ‘Philistine’ means ‘antagonistic to culture’, the Philistines had a sophisticated culture.

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