The Bible, Archaeology, and the Practice of Circumcision in Israelite and Philistine Societies

…practiced by many groups in the ancient Near East, and it is commonly accepted that if circumcision was an ethnic marker, it functioned mainly against the “foreign” Philistines, who did not practice it. Interestingly, all the biblical texts that depict the Philistines as םילרע (uncircumcised) project this reality into the premonarchic period (Iron I), regardless of their date, source, or… (Search hits: 1 in body, 0 in title, 0 in tags. Score: 132.37)