Check out my new paper on Philistine and Israelite identities, which appeared in a special issue of “Die Welt des Orients“, edited by Omer Sergi, consisting of papers that were originally read at a RIAB Minerva Center Workshop, held in Leipzig, in Nov. 2019.
The full title of the paper is:
Maeir, A. M. 2019. Philistine and Israelite Identities: Some Comparative Thoughts. Die Welt des Orients 49(2): 151–60.
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Good article but an ethnic marker for Judah (not all Israel) seems to exist linguistically in properly translated archaeological texts. Specifically the /s/ sound for the letters sade and shin are reversed in Judah from the other tribes of Israel and from the surrounding people. The Judahite /s/ assignment is what is found in the Hebrew scriptures. Significantly this /s/ sound difference is described in the Shibboleth story in the Biblical book of Judges chapter 12. The Judahite /s/ is found in the temple plaque from Ekron and in most but not all the pot inscriptions. See https://www.naturepagan.com/EkronTemple for a work in progress report.
To accept this evidence you will first need to accept that these texts are written in an alphabetic from of Akkadian and not in Hebrew. Akkadian was the empire language of the era for religion, government, and trade and extended as far west as Italy and all through the Levant. As shown in the Armana letters even the Egyptians uses Akkadian (cuneiform) in diplomatic correspondence to talk to Semitic speakers. Logically the Egyptians would also use Akkadian to talk to the Semitic speakers in the Sinai where one of the first examples of alphabetic writing was discovered (Proto-Canaanite). The other early example is the Phaistos disk.
On Wed, Dec 18, 2019 at 8:21 AM The Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project Official (and Unofficial) Weblog wrote:
> arenmaeir posted: “Check out my new paper on Philistine and Israelite > identities, which appeared in a special issue of “Die Welt des Orients”, > edited by Omer Sergi, consisting of papers that were originally read at a > RIAB Minerva Center Workshop, held in Leipzig, in Nov. 20″ >
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