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Philistines

In the Old Testament, a tribe that originally came from Caphtor (Amos 9:7) and occupied the rich lowland on the Mediterranean coast from Joppa to the Egyptian desert before the days of Abraham (Gen. 21:32). For many years there was a military struggle between the Philistines and the Israelites. Eventually Palestine, the name of the Philistine territory, became a familiar title for all of the Holy Land.