Proof that the Philistines arrived by sea

Some of you may be aware of the old debate, between Assaf Yasur-Landau and Tristan Barako, whether the Philistines arrived by sea (Barako) or by land (Yasur-Landau).

Well, it appears that the by sea theory has gained some serious support, as we have been officially notified that a shipment of the new Safi I volumes has arrived at the Philistine seaport of Ashdod, and has made its way, probably by ox-drawn carts, to Bar-Ilan University in Ramat-Gan, and hopefully, tomorrow, we will get our first glimpse of the hard copies of the Safi I report! Yeah!!!!

Here is a picture of one of the carts on the road from Ashdod to Ramat-Gan – the books are padded with hay…




P.S. Thanks to Peter van der Veen for the idea…

5 thoughts on “Proof that the Philistines arrived by sea

  1. Aaron Brody

    Any golden mice or tumors in that cart, too?
    Many hearty congratulations, I look forward to reading the volume soon!


    1. arenmaeir

      In light of my understanding of what the “tumors” are (see my article JSOT 2007), I hope not…



    Hey Aren! Progress, whether snailing up a hill, crossing the peak, or scooting down the other side is progress nonetheless. In a way, the longer it takes to reach proof positive makes the results that much more exciting. It will be a great read!


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