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    • Polybios
    • 03.10.07 | 21:24 (IST)

    Actually, Said is mainly right. Avraham visited the land of the "P'lishtim," and that was two long generations before Israel and his sons went to Egypt. It was probably even before the Santorini event. Back then, the P'lishtimn were rather Egyptian than pre-Greek in culture. In fact, there were at least two distinct groups and waves of P'lishti invaders; the first of Egyptian culture, and the second of proto-Greek 'seapeople.' "Plishti" in Hebrew means "invader;" which is near the Egyptian definition he posited, and makes sense, as other Hebrew words and names (like "Moshe") have similar meanings in both Hebrew and Egyptian. The problem with Said's logic is that there is no real cultural or religious connection between the ancient Philistines and modern Palestinians. Before Hadrian, the Romans knew the whole area as Judea.

    from the article: The right and the return
    First published 00:00 03.10.07 | Last updated 00:00 03.10.07
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