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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    Might be some DNA there but the Philistines were wiped out as a people. I do not think the Philistines were a Semitic people...
    From what I've read, the Philistines weren't semitic.
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    The team is now performing DNA, radiocarbon and other tests on bone samples uncovered at the cemetery, dating back to between the 11th and the 8th centuries B.C., to help resolve a debate about the Philistines' geographical origins. The archaeologists have not announced any conclusions, saying they are taking advantage of recent advances in DNA testing to get the most accurate results.

    "After decades of studying what Philistines left behind, we have finally come face to face with the people themselves," said Daniel M. Master, professor of archaeology at Wheaton College and one of the leaders of the excavation. "With this discovery we are close to unlocking the secrets of their origins."
    Read more at: Israel find may help solve mystery of biblical Philistines
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    Some Biblical stories are myths, and some are not. As I indicated earlier in this thread, it is at ABOUT the time of King David that we begin reading some REAL history in the Bible. Before King David? Pretty much myth, all right. Sorry, no flood. No Adam and Eve. No Methuselah.

    Even the stories that revolve around real events are embellished and spun from the POV of the authors. It's all myth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    Are you thinking of the Hyksos? They conquered Upper Egypt in the late Bronze Age with their superior technology of war chariots and recurved bows that had twice the range of the simple Egyptian bows of the time. They found the tomb of the Pharaoh of the day, he died from a massive battle ax blow to the head.
    But this does not work, because the Hyksos were MUCH earlier than the Peoples of the Sea. The Hyksos conquered Egypt ~1650 BC, the Peoples of the Sea were on the move around 1200 BC. ALMOST half a millennium in between, there!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyksos

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    Even the stories that revolve around real events are embellished and spun from the POV of the authors. It's all myth.
    When the Bible speaks of the Assyrians, the Babylonians, and the Persians, and the empires that each of those peoples ruled, those are not myths. The Assyrian Empire and the Persian Empire were VERY real. Shrug.

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