Goliath was the Philistine whom David of Bethlehem, the eventual second king of Israel and Judah, famously defeated in single combat (1 Samuel: 17.) Together with Gaza, Ashkelon, Ashdod and Ekron
, Gath was one of the five Philistine cities until its fall in 830 BCE at the hands of the Aramean king Hazael.
These are men and women, I must add, whose god has verisimilitude to Beelzebub, which the Bible calls the god of Ekron
, meaning the lord of the flies or dung.
- I live in the small town of Kiryat Ekron
with the population of just over 11,000 people.
Other references to Beit Shemesh include when the Philistines captured the Ark of the Covenant in the battle of Ebenezer, and they placed it on a cattle-drawn cart in the Philistine town of Ekron
and sent it via Nahal Sorek to Beit Shemesh (1 Samuel 6:12-13); when Samson killed the lion (Judges 14:5-6); and again, when Samson tied torches to the tails of three-hundred foxes (Judges 15:4).
Originally from the Palestinian village of Aqir -- the site on which the Israeli town of Kiryat Ekron
was founded after its depopulation in May 1948 -- Moussa said the hardest thing in the enclave is "the human siege."
Let them drink and retch and act crazy, because of the sword that I am sending among them ' So I took the cup from the hand of the Lord and gave drink to all the nations to whom the Lord had sent me: Jerusalem and the towns of Judah, and its kings and officials, to make them a desolate ruin, an object of hissing and a curse, as is now the case; Pharaoh king of Egypt, his courtiers, his officials, and all his people; all the mixed peoples; all the kings of the land of Utz; all the kings of the land of the Philistines, Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron
, and what is left of Ashdod (Jer.
Seymour Gitin's "Temple Complex 650 at Ekron
" describes the multi-cultural influences on the ritual practices at this Philistine site (pp.
where I most desire, In Ekron
, Gaza, Asdod, and in Gath I shall be nam'd among the famousest Of Women, sung at solemn festivals, Living and dead recorded, who to save Her country from a fierce destroyer, chose Above the faith of wedlock bands, my tomb With odors visited and annual flowers.
Benjamin's Stones and Stories: An Introduction to Archaeology and the Bible (Fortress, $39) provides a history of the field, describes its methods (including processual archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, and post-processual archaeology), discusses findings at specific sites (Qumran, Arad, Ekron
, Gezer, and a nautical site called Cape Gelidonya), and even surmises what its future course will be.
In the girls 100m event Libby Grimwood from Cavendish took first with Amy Sanderson from Sandfield Park and Ekron
Abedi from Bluebell Park in third place.
The exceptionally high number of pig bones found in the lowlands, at what were urban Philistine sites like Ashkelon and Ekron
, has given rise to the theory that the Philistines, sea people who migrated here from the Aegean basin, brought their culinary and husbandry habits with them.
It was originally called Ekron
, the first agricultural settlement of the Hovevei Zion movement.