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Philistine burial practices in cultural context

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dc.contributor.advisor Boshoff, W. S. en Fugitt, Stephen Mark en 2009-08-25T10:48:48Z 2009-08-25T10:48:48Z 2003-11 2003-11-30 en
dc.identifier.citation Fugitt, Stephen Mark (2003) Philistine burial practices in cultural context, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This paper traces burials from Iron Age I Canaan that reflect an influence of Philistine culture. This influence can be measured by the presence of Philistine bichrome pottery or other evidence related to this ancient biblical people. A major road block to the clearest possible understanding of Philistine burials is that no cemeteries have been found at any of the earliest settlements of the biblical Philistines, the Pentapolis. The Old Testament lists these cities as Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ekron, Gath, and Gaza (e.g. Joshua 13:3). Though extensive excavation has been conducted at most of these sites, they have yet to yield a necropolis. Excavations are still being done at Tell es-Safi/Gath and Ashkelon, so hopefully the future will supply researchers with data to help clarify this rather vague area of Philistine studies. Recognizing these limitations, the paper presents a "symbiotic model," which identifies some of the areas of shared culture from the Canaanite context. Examples of this symbiosis are seen as the amalgamated result of people groups living in close proximity to each other and influencing the customs and practices of their neighbors. A Mycenaean origin of the Philistines is an underlying supposition of the research laid out in this paper. Because of this origin, and the other influences upon the early Philistine settlers in Canaan, a certain amount of cultural comparison becomes necessary to be able to understand the developing Philistine culture of Iron I. The paper includes a map of tombs and burials bearing Philistine influence and a map identifying different types of tombs and their locations. The variety of tomb types is an important facet of Philistine custom. The strong Egyptian influence upon Canaan and the surrounding area at that time in history is inescapable. Evidence of this influence will be explored. The inclusion of a chapter on the anthropoid clay coffins, and the Philistines' relationship to them, struggles with the scholarly interpretations. Finally, a chapter on literary implications strives to shed light on possible Philistine burial practices from the perspective of the Old Testament and other applicable literatures of the ancient Near East. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (x, 258 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Anthropoid Coffins en
dc.subject Biocultural Profile en
dc.subject Burials en
dc.subject Cult of the Dead en
dc.subject Death en
dc.subject Funerary en
dc.subject Iron Age en
dc.subject Mourning en
dc.subject Philistines en
dc.subject Symbiosis en
dc.subject.ddc 393.10933
dc.subject.lcsh Philistines
dc.subject.lcsh Philistines -- Material culture
dc.subject.lcsh Burial -- Palestine
dc.subject.lcsh Iron age -- Israel
dc.subject.lcsh Funeral rites and ceremonies, Philistine
dc.subject.lcsh Excavations (Archaeology)|zIsrael
dc.subject.lcsh Palestine -- Antiquities
dc.title Philistine burial practices in cultural context en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Biblical and Ancient Studies en D. Th. en

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