Biblical Archaeology Review 29:2, March/April 2003
One if by Sea…Two if by Land: How Did the Philistines Get to Canaan?

How Did the Philistines Get to Canaan? One: by Sea

A Hundred Penteconters Could Have Carried 5,000 People Per Trip

By Tristan Barako

Armadas of sleek warships carrying Philistine marauders and other Sea Peoples storm the beaches along the entire Levantine coast. At the same time, columns of ox-drawn carts descend from the north, carrying more Philistine warriors along with their wives and children. In the wake of this combined naval and overland assault lay the destroyed towns and cities of the Canaanite littoral.

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