The Philistines were a people who figure prominently in the Old Testament as enemies of the Hebrews. They were one of the “Sea Peoples,” probably of Mycanaean Greek origin, who around 1150 B.C. settled in southwestern Canaan – the region we now call the Gaza Strip, but in ancient times known as “Philistia” (from which comes the name “Palestine” for the whole of Canaan).
That much is as well known as anything from Bronze Age history can be known. But – what happened to them? When did they cease to exist as a culture? Was it before or after the Babylonians conquered Judea?