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The Philistines ( /ˈfɪlɨstiːnz/, /ˈfɪlɨstaɪnz/, /fɨˈlɪstɨnz/, or /fɨˈlɪstiːnz/; Hebrew: פְּלִשְׁתִּים, Plištim), Pleshet or Peleset, were a people who as part of the Sea peoples appeared in the southern coastal area of Canaan at the beginning of the Iron Age (circa 1175 BC), most probably from the Aegean region. According to the Bible, they ruled the five city-states (the "Philistine Pentapolis") of Gaza, Askelon, Ashdod, Ekron and Gath, from Wadi Gaza in the south to the Yarqon River in the north, but with no fixed border to the east. The Bible paints them as the Kingdom of Israel's most dangerous enemy. Originating somewhere in the Aegean, their population was around 25,000 in the 12th century BC, rising to a peak of 30,000 in the 11th century BC, of which the Aegean element was not more than half the total, and perhaps much less.

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The Colourfield - History - 1985 - Virgins & Philistines
... When Virgins Philistines was initially released in April 1985 it contained twelve tracks in the U.S ... Virgins Philistines is often regarded as the direct musical predecessor to the later work of The Lightning Seeds in the 1990s, with whom Hall would later collaborate in a songwriting ... Virgins Philistines contained all original material except "The Hammond Song" (a cover of The Roches song), and "Can't Get Enough of You Baby" (written by Linzer/Randell ...
Philistines in The Bible
... "the Pathrusim, Casluhim (out of whom came the Philistines), and the Caphtorim" ... among interpreters as to whether this verse was originally intended to signify that the Philistines themselves were the offspring of the Casluhim or the Caphtorim ... The Torah does not record the Philistines as one of the nations to be displaced from Canaan ...
... His greatest deed was the defeat of a troop of Philistines ... After the Israelites fled from the troop of Philistines, Shammah stood alone and defeated them himself ... is mentioned in Judges as Shamgar, who defeated 600 men of the Philistines with an ox goad ...
... it appears that Cherethites was used as a synonym for the Philistines the Books of Samuel describe the Cherethites as living in the Negev near Ziklag, but the same area ... this is a reference to an alliance of the Philistines as a whole, rather than a subgroup ... the Pelethites (Pelethi in Hebrew) are thought to be identical to the Philistines (Pelishti in Hebrew), the former term being a linguistic corruption of the latter seemingly this differentiates between the ...
Battle Of Aphek - Biblical Account
... The Book of Samuel records that the Philistines were camped at Aphek and Israel at Eben-Ezer ... During the first battle the Philistines defeat Israel and kill four thousand ... The Philistines again defeat the Israelites, this time killing thirty thousand and capturing the Ark ...

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