Hittites, Philistines, Patriarchs
ben.crick at argonet.co.uk
Thu Jan 7 15:29:43 EST 1999
On Thu 7 Jan 99 (15:05:40 +1100), gathas at mail.usyd.edu.au wrote:
> Maxine Littlefield, a former graduate of Sydney Uni, wrote her thesis
> on Philistine and Cypriot pottery and what it indicates about them. She
> reached the conclusion, well argued, that the Philistine's roots were
> actually in S-W Palestine. I believe someone else, conducting an
> independent study on the same thing, reached the same conclusion.
> However, I don't recall the name of this person. Perhaps someone else
> can provide it.
JJ Bimson in his doctoral thesis /Redating the Exodus and Conquest/,
Sheffiled, 1981, has some excellent material on the appearance in
Palestine of bichrome pottery at the beginning of the Late Bronze Age.
If the start of the Late Bronze Age can be pinpointed, this will give us
a /terminus ad quem/ for the destruction of the Middle Bronze cities of
Canaan. Bimson concludes "There are no obstacles to dating the first
appearance of bichrome ware in Palestine to c. 1450 BCE at the earliest.
Its period of use need not have been more than 50 years, and probably
ended c. 1400 BCE".
Like all good books, Bimson's thesis is o.o.p., and I borrowed a copy
from Glasgow University Library back in 1989. Unfortunately, after a
few weeks the University required the book back for another borrower,
so I am unable to reference it again. I hope the U of Sydney can find
you a copy.
Revd Ben Crick, BA CF
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