This evening I received the PDF of a newly-appeared article, which deals with the “Rephaim” in the biblical and extra biblical texts from Iron Age Philistia. In this paper, I suggest that the Rephaim mentioned in regard to Gath and Philistia perhaps are in fact a multi-generational family of importance, spanning both the Philistine and Judahite control of parts of Philistia and the Shephelah during the Iron Age.
The paper appeared in a volume published in memory of the late Prof. Dr. Manfred Görg, the eminent biblical scholar and Egyptologist. This volume was co-edited by Stefan Wimmer, who was a team member at Safi for several years, and who worked with Prof. Görg for many years.
The full reference is:
Maeir, A. M.
2014 The Rephaim in Iron Age Philistia: Evidence of a Multi-Generational Family? Pp. 289–97 in “Vom Leben umfangen”: Ägypten, das Alte Testament und das Gespräch der Religionen. Gedenkschrift für Manfred Görg, eds. S. J. Wimmer and G. Gafus. Ägypten und Altes Testament 80. Münster: Ugarit-Verlag.