Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Ancient History Repeats Itself

Before Israel became a Kingdom they had one persistent enemy.

Philistia.

David and Goliath. Samson and Delilah. Dagon and the Ark of the Covenant. Many of the oldest Old Testament Stories tell of Israel's constant struggles with the Philistines.

Philistia's location: The modern day Gaza strip.

Philistia's main city: Gaza

The ancient root of the word Palestine: Philistia

Israel's biggest threat at the moment: Modern day Philistines (Palestinians).

History is repeating itself.

9 Comments:

Blogger Gayle said...

Seems that history always does repeat itself, Shoprat. Perhaps if more people paid attention to history, that wouldn't so often be the case.

6:24 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

Thanks for this post. I did not know the connection.

9:41 PM  
Blogger armed_and_christian said...

Oh, yeah. In fact, if you check you will see that the Arabs are descendents of Ishmael and the Jews from Isaac. All the turmoil and violence over there is nothing more than the continuation of a very old family dispute.

What I'm watching for excitedly is for things to start happening just a bit North and West of Shechem, in the valley of Megiddo.

10:16 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

The modern Palestinians are probably not the literal descendants of the Philistines, but they live where the Philistines did and act like them. They are their spiritual descendants if not their literal descendants.

11:11 PM  
Blogger ABFreedom said...

I can't ever see this being settled, and it will continue to the end of time...

11:44 PM  
Blogger Lone Pony said...

It's always interesting to see the maps of history and to realize that AB's right; this will continue.

1:16 PM  
Blogger BB-Idaho said...

"The modern Palestinians are probably not the literal descendants of the Philistines," would seem to be the case, given that most experts believe they were
non-semitic "sea peoples" from the
pre-Greek areas of the north Mediterranean. There couldn't have been too many of them, as they wedged in among the existing Caananites and disappeared from history quite rapidly. The Philistine communities must have
been destroyed by warfare, pulled up and left, or melded into the semite population (in which case
perhaps, they ARE genetic predecessors to some Palestinians,
Jews or both) Can't wait until
more DNA research informs about these early populations

10:32 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." -- Santayana

BZ

1:24 AM  
Blogger Douglas V. Gibbs said...

Great Post, and interesting, I never realized the link between Philistine and Palestine.

1:26 AM  

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