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The Philistines were a seafaring people
who came from other Mediterranean
lands at the time ot the Exodus. They
were great warriors and constantly
involved in wars against Israel. They
destroyed the sanctuary of Shiloh,
captured the Ark - and returned it soon
afterwards. The stories of David &
Goliath, of Samson & Delilah are related
to them. They intermingled but their
name lingered on; After the Romans had
put down the revolt of Bar - Kochba in 135
CE, they tried to erase any reminder of
Judea and the Jews by naming the whole
province from Gaza to the shores of
the Sea of Galilee Palestine.

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