Journal article

What Language(s) Did the Philistines Speak?

Brent Davis

NEAR EASTERN ARCHAEOLOGY | AMER SCHS ORIENTAL RESEARCH | Published : 2018

Abstract

The evidence that we have for the language(s) spoken by the Philistines is not plentiful, but what we do have is interesting (though far from conclusive). Two types of evidence predominate: (1) inscriptions from Philistine sites (thus these inscriptions may have been produced by Philistines), and (2) Philistine words and names borrowed into other languages of the region and recorded (however imperfectly) in non-Philistine records.