Say “No” to the Philistines: Identity as a Mark of Difference

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  1. Chesky Kopel says:

    I really enjoyed and appreciated this article, and I can really relate to the theme and the conclusion. I also have one question. Regarding the pig bones study, Sarit wrote:
    “These figures seem to not only reflect Israel’s adherence to the Bible’s prohibition against eating pig[x] during this period, but also that eating pig became a cultural taboo at this time, not just an arbitrary halakhah, due to the fact that the Philistines specifically ate it in large amounts.”

    I'm not very familiar with this study or the historical background, but wouldn't it be reasonable to also suggest, with an eye toward the strong Jewish religious tradition, that remarkably few pig bones were found in the Israelite settlement because of the Biblical prohibition, and that the Philistines ate great quantities of pig specifically to distinguish themselves from the Israelites?

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  3. 176057 650040Fascinating, but not ideal. Are you going to write more? 136901

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