Caphtor


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Caphtor

(kăf`tôr), in the Bible, home of the Philistines before they migrated to Canaan. Its inhabitants are called Caphtorim. Caphtor has been identified with both Crete and Cyprus.
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Ancient Near Eastern records suggest that Caphtor referred to the region encompassing the Aegean Sea, parts of the Greek mainland, the western coast of Anatolia, and the island of Crete.
If the biblical Caphtor indeed refers to the region of the Aegean Sea, and if the Philistines were truly of Caphtorite origin, then it might be expected that evidence corroborating the Caphtorite/Aegean origin of the Philistines could be found in a comparison of the Bible to Homer's great epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey, with their settings in the ancient Aegean world.
True, I brought Israel up from the land of Egypt, but also Philistines from Caphtor and the Arameans from Kir.
Did I not redeem Israel from Egypt, and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?
the land of Egypt but also the Philistines from Caphtor and the Arameans
Did I not bring Israel up from the land of Egypt, and the Philistines from Caphtor and the Arameans from Kir?
Most scholars identify Caphtor with Crete, (5) so that the origin of the Philistines, as stated in the Bible, concurs with the findings of current scholarship based on extra-biblical historical data.
Did I not bring Israel up from the land of Egypt, / and the Philistines from Caphtor and the Arameans from Kir?
After all, the Philistines were brought out of Caphtor and the Aramaians from Kir just as much as Israel was brought out of Egypt.