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An ancient region of southwest Palestine. Strategically located on a trade route from Egypt to Syria, the cities of the region formed a loose confederacy important in biblical times.


(Placename) an ancient country on the coast of SW Palestine


(fɪˈlɪs ti ə)

an ancient country in SW Palestine on the Mediterranean coast: the land of the Philistines.
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Noun1.Philistia - an ancient region on the coast of southwestern Palestine that was strategically located on a trade route between Syria and EgyptPhilistia - an ancient region on the coast of southwestern Palestine that was strategically located on a trade route between Syria and Egypt; important in biblical times
Canaan, Holy Land, Promised Land, Palestine - an ancient country in southwestern Asia on the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea; a place of pilgrimage for Christianity and Islam and Judaism
Dagon - god of agriculture and the earth; national god of Philistines
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It was the crowning buffet, the final victory of Philistia over art, beauty, and immaterial things.
G'val, Ammon, Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre.
In fact, one of the successors and current co-directors of the excavations at Dor, Ayelet Gilboa, discussed many of the same points as Stern in an article published in the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research in 2005 and came to the opposite conclusion, namely that, although there are "significant differences between specific aspects of the material culture of Philistia and that on the coast to its north .
They call it Philistia, from which the name Palestine is derived.
A more appropriate comment on Alex Salmond was written by Idris Davies, about Saunders Lewis, almost 80 years ago, who "Roused his land, by word and deed, Against Philistia and her more".
One of the five chief towns of Philistia and probably the oldest, Gaza is situated near the coast in lat.
Their topics include the microscopic record, the impact of urbanization on Middle Bronze Age households in the southern Levant, household gleanings from Iron 1 Tel Dan, early Iron Age domestic material cultural in Philistia and an eastern Mediterranean koine, household economies in the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, and cult corners in the Aegean and the Levant.
He added that the discovery could indicate that the story of Samson reflects a type of temple that was in use in Philistia at the time.
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The Old Testament names imply that the transients, who are allegorically aligned with the Israelites, have the right to settle in the cities of Philistia.
51) Although Wilde served Alfred Douglas a poisonous dish in his letter to posterity from Reading Gaol, De Profundis is in reality Wilde's quarrel with himself for having fallen in love with a prince of Philistia.
Driven to this area by the population wars in ancient Greece, the 'Sea-Peoples' also populated Carthage, Byblos, and Tyre along with Philistia (from whence Palestine).