Re: Review article on Philistines in Haaretz

Jim West has brought my attention (and subsequently, Joseph Lauer notified me as well) to a very interesting article that appeared today in Haaretz, in which Yakov Shavit of Tel Aviv University reviews the very nice exhibition catalogue by Irit Ziffer on the excellent exhibition on the recently discovered Philistine cultic favissa from Yavneh, now running at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv.

In the review article, Shavit also discusses the role and significance of the Philistines for both biblical studies and contemporary issues. He also briefly discusses the fascinating process of cultural transformation of the Philistines during the Iron Age (which I have discussed often in the past, including in some previous posts). Without going into too much details, I believe he missed out a little on this point, since he did not stress the very strong continuity of the Philistine cultural identity until the very end of the Iron Age. This process, which has been termed a process of acculturation, or as I prefer, creolization, is one of the most fascinating aspects of the Philistine culture.

Also, if I may add, he did not add much on the very exciting aspects of Philistine research that have been going on in recent years, needless to say, as I’m sure you know, included the finds from Tell es-Safi/Gath!