C.) says that the Assyrian king had trouble finding a reliable vassal ruler who could control Ashkelon (a place which the Hebrew Bible says was a Philistine city).One text, written in the name of Tiglath Pileser III, says that a “King of Ashkelon” named Sidqia “did not bow to my yoke” and as a consequence, Sidqia and his family were deported to Assyria.One text records a treaty between the Assyrian ruler Esarhaddon (ca. The Assyrian texts don’t specify exactly what the “land of the of the Philistines” encompassed during the 7 century B.C.; however, an earlier text, dating to the reign of Tiglath Pileser III (reign 745–727 B. They came during a time when cities and civilizations in the Middle East and Greece were collapsing.The Philistines themselves left no texts and, as such, much of what we know about them comes from the people they encountered.
One of the earliest mentions of the Philistines is recorded by the Egyptian pharaoh Ramses III (reign ca. Stories in the Hebrew Bible say that the Philistines clashed with the ancient Israelites many times.
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These texts often describe them negatively and today the name “Philistine” is sometimes used to describe someone who is warlike or who doesn’t appreciate art or culture.
In addition to the ancient texts, modern-day archaeologists have tried to identify Philistine burials and the artifacts that the Philistines used by excavating the cities that the texts say the Philistines controlled.