A new paper has just appeared, in which I discuss and question the age-old image of the Philistines as a warlike and fearsome culture and people. Based on the relatively small amount of weapons found in Iron Age Philistia, I suggest that perhaps a big part of this image is due to ancient, and modern, ideological perspectives.
The title of article is:
Maeir, A. M. 2018. The Philistines Be Upon Thee, Samson (Jud. 16:20): Reassessing the Martial Nature of the Philistines – Archaeological Evidence Vs. Ideological Image? Pp. 158–68 in Change, Continuity and Connectivity: North-Eastern Mediterranean at the Turn of the Bronze Age and in the Early Iron Age, eds. L. Niesiołowski-Spanò and M. Węcowski. Philippika 118. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.
For a link to a PDF – go here.