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From: ellen Levy <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Jews of northern Greece
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2008 16:29:26 -0700 (PDT)
One other group that may have impacted the contemporary Jewish picture (to a greater or lesser extent) is the Philistines. In no way am I proposing that this group is responsible for mtDNA groups like pre-HV among modern-day Jews. Just another often overlooked group that undoubtedly impacted the genetic make-up of the ancient Israelites.
The Aegean Philistines are mentioned over 250 times in the Bible. The archaeological evidence points to significant Philistine settlements along the southern coastal plain of ancient Judea. After a few hundred years, the archaeological evidence suggests that the Philistines are fully assimilated into ancient Israelite society.
There are numerous theories of Philistine origins, the two most popular being a western Aegean origin (Greece & Crete) and an eastern Aegean origin (Anatolia or Cyprus).
A great source on these people is Ann Killebrew's book, "Biblical Peoples and Ethnicity."