[b-hebrew] Israel>Palaistes (Wrestler)

Yigal Levin Yigal.Levin at biu.ac.il
Mon Feb 13 01:41:41 EST 2012


I personally think that the idea is farfetched. He assumes that early Greek
writers had an intimate knowledge of the land of Israel, its geography and
even knew of the biblical story of Jacob wrestling with the angel and the
etymology of the name "Israel". This is giving them too much credit.
Herodotus and the rest described the land from a Mediterranean perspective,
and used the names of the coastal regions, such as "Philistia"/"Palaistine",
in order to describe the interior.

Yigal Levin

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Subject: [b-hebrew] Israel>Palaistes (Wrestler)

What do you think about David Jacobson article about the origin
of the word "palestine" for the entire land of Israel?

When Palestine Meant Israel, David Jacobson, BAR 27:03, May/Jun
2001.http://cojs.org/cojswiki/When_Palestine_Meant_Israel,_David_Jacobson,_B
AR_27:03,_May/Jun_2001.

Shalom
David Sevilla
Spain
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