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The Philistines and Other “Sea Peoples” in Text and Archaeology
Killebrew, Ann E. and Gunnar Lehmann, editors

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013 pp. xx + 751. $88.95

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Archaeology and Biblical Studies, 15

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Description: The search for the biblical Philistines, one of ancient Israel’s most storied enemies, has long intrigued both scholars and the public. Archaeological and textual evidence examined in their broader eastern Mediterranean context reveals that the Philistines, well-known from biblical and extrabiblical texts, together with other related groups of “Sea Peoples,” played a transformative role in the development of new ethnic groups and polities that emerged from the ruins of the Late Bronze Age empires. The essays in this book, representing recent research in the fields of archaeology, Bible, and history, reassess the origins, identity, material culture, and impact of the Philistines and other Sea Peoples on the Iron Age cultures and peoples of the eastern Mediterranean.

The contributors are Matthew Adams, Michal Artzy, Tristan Barako, David Ben Shlomo, Mario Benzi, Margaret Cohen, Anat Cohen-Weinberger, Trude Dothan, Elizabeth French, Marie-Henriette Gates, Hermann Genz, Ayelet Gilboa, Maria Iacovou, Ann E. Killebrew, Sabine Laemmel, Gunnar Lehmann, Aren Maeir, Amihai Mazar, Linda Meiberg, Penelope Mountjoy, Hermann Michael Niemann, Jeremy Rutter, Ilan Sharon, Susan Sherratt, Neil Asher Silberman, and Itamar Singer.

Subjects: Ancient Near East, Other ANE Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Other History, Archaeology

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Review by Raz Kletter
Published 5/1/2014
Citation: Raz Kletter, review of Ann E. Killebrew and Gunnar Lehmann, eds., The Philistines and Other “Sea Peoples” in Text and Archaeology, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


Review by Ralph K. Hawkins
Published 5/1/2014
Citation: Ralph K. Hawkins, review of Ann E. Killebrew and Gunnar Lehmann, eds., The Philistines and Other “Sea Peoples” in Text and Archaeology, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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