Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Brian Bernius on Philistines...

Brian Bernius teaches Old Testament in the undergraduate School of Theology and Ministry here at IWU.  He's about to defend his dissertation at Hebrew Union.  He gave a great presentation on the Philistines in the Latter Prophets at the Theological Research Seminar we have on campus at 4pm on Mondays.

Great stuff!  His work will undoubtedly become the standard "go to" resource on the Philistines.  His main thesis on the Philistines in the Prophets is that references to the Philistines are mostly geographical-political in nature rather than ethnic.  They are the people to the west, the people who live in the five cities.  It is an external rather than internal term.  It refers to the people in a place rather than making a statement about culture or ethnicity, other than the obvious fact that they are non-Israelite.

2 comments:

π² said...

That is interesting. I was taught in my Biblical Archaeology class (not taken at IWU) that Philistines were Minoans Greeks. Does Prof. Bernius address that?

Ken Schenck said...

I'm not sure that he ultimately takes a position. He's very guarded on drawing conclusions on too little information. He does of course mention Amos 9:7 and Jeremiah 47:4, which point to Caphtor as their point of origin, often associated with Crete as you say.