n Journal for Semitics - Towards an understanding of Philistine burials

Volume 16 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1013-8471


This article highlights burial customs from Philistine-influenced sites. This influence is defined by the presence of Philistine pottery. Customs identified will then be traced throughout the literary record. The intent is to illuminate these practices in order to provide a clearer understanding of the communities under consideration. A symbiotic correlation between the peoples of this part of the world emerges as a result of the evidence presented. A composite culture has been traced in the pottery record of the Philistines and may also be seen in the literary material. The veneration of specific deities and rituals along with practices designed to pay them homage will be indicated. The literary perspective will be emphasized, which will accentuate distinctions between the Philistines and others around them as seen in the Hebrew Bible. A goal of this effort is to help clarify sacred customs which reflect concepts of death, afterlife, and possible cathartic processes of the ancient peoples.

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