"New Light on the Biblical Philistines: Recent Study on the Frenemies of Ancient Israel"
Aren M. Maeir, Professor, The Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, Bar-Ilan University and Director, The Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project, The Institute of Archaeology
The Philistines are well-known from biblical texts as one of the main adversaries of the ancient Israelites. At the same time, the biblical narrative indicates that other types of interactions also were the norm. Recent excavations in Philistia, and in particular those at Tell es-Safi, biblical Gath of the Philistines, hometown of Goliath, have provided exciting evidence of the very complex interaction between these two cultures, revealing the multi-layered facets of what could be termed a Frenemy relationship between the Philistines and Israelites. In addition, recent finds have very much changed our understandingof who the Philistines were, where they came from, and how their culture formed, transformed, and eventually disappeared. These topics will be addressed in this lecture.
The David Kipper Ancient Israel Lecture Series was established through a gift from Barbara Kipper and the Kipper Family and includes an annual public lecture as well as a lecture for scholars at the Oriental Institute, an internationally renowned center for the study of the ancient Near East.
Dr. David Kipper was a clinical psychologist who served on the faculty of Bar Ilan University in Israel as an associate professor in the Department of Psychology. In 1995 he was named a research professor of psychology at Roosevelt University. He wrote extensively on psychotherapy and was the author of the book Psychotherapy through Clinical Role Playing and more than seventy chapters and articles in professional journals. He was a long-standing member of the Oriental Institute Visiting Committee and was well-known for his support of the arts, including the Joffrey Ballet and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
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