Transformations in the Twelfth Century B.C.: The Coming of the Philistines to Ashkelon; Daniel Master, PhD; March 21, 2012
Thirty-five miles south of modern Tel-Aviv, the famous seaport of Ashkelon decorates the Mediterranean coast of Israel. This city, which holds the distinction of being both the oldest and largest maritime city in Israel, is ripe with nuggets of historical importance. After more than 25 years of excavation, archaeologists are still only beginning to piece together the significances of their findings. However, amongst the numerous occupation layers, the arrival of the Philistines at Ashkelon is of particular interest to biblical enthusiasts. Just who were these mighty opponents of the Hebrew people? Where did they come from? Were they really as barbaric as is frequently depicted? To answer these questions, Daniel Master, PhD, offers theories developed from the most recent excavations at the site.
Daniel Master (PhD 2001, Harvard University) is professor of archaeology at Wheaton College. Currently, he is co-director of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon.
Archaeology, Lecture Series
History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology
Master, Daniel and Southern Adventist University, "Transformations in the Twelfth Century B.C.: The Coming of the Philistines to Ashkelon; Daniel Master, PhD; March 21, 2012" (2012). Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum Lecture Series. 19.