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2. Walter Baucum: Philistines and Pelasgians
From: Wwbaucum@aol.com
 Re: "Brit-Am Now"-674
item #1. Question: Are the so-called 'Palestinians' descended from the Phillistines?

Hello.  I have revised completely the chapter I sent you regarding your mix-up of Philistines with Pelagians (also spelled Pelasgians).  "Along the Strymon River north of Greece, there was in the Classical period a people known as the Palaistinos, a name with a perfect match for 'Palestinian' in its Greek spelling.  In Epirus on the Adriatic coast north of Greece there was a place named Palaeste in the Classical period.  That name too is striking in the similarity to the name Palestine.  The Strymon River and Palaeste were in what can be considered part of Illyria, a region along and inland from the east coast of the Adriatic Sea.  In 'Iliad,' Homer speaks of the Pelasgians."
Palestine was named after Pelagians of Peleg, not Philistines.
"Some scholars have attempted to link the Pelasgians to the Philistines.  Greeks, according to one view, could not pronounce the original name of the Philistines, saying instead 'Pelasgian.'  'Iliad' says the Pelasgians were allies of Troy, and one group of them lived in Thrace, northeast of Greece.  Those Pelasgians (not Philistines) might have been the ancestors of the Palaistinos of the Classical period who lived along the Strymon River, in the vicinity of Thrace.  In 'Odyssey,' Homer also tells of Pelasgians in Crete." Manuel Robbins, "Collapse of the Bronze Age," p. 323.
The Philistiness were from Caphtor (Egyptian Kaft-ur), an outpost on the eastern edge of the Delta, put there to protect Egypt's northeastern boundaries. (Sayce, "The Races of the Old Testament," p. 53)
No trace of Philistines have ever been found in Crete, the home of the Pelasgians of Peleg, or of Cyprus.
Pelagians, not Philistines, lived originally in parts of Greece, shores of Asia Minor, and Italy (Etruscans).  In general, they were "the ancient Thracians, Phrygians, Lydians, Carians, Etruscans, Epirotes, Illyrians, the Italic peoples (Samnites, Oscans, etc.), and the present Albanians are considered the principal branches of the Pelasgians." (Nermin Vlora Falaschi, ("Ancient Linguistic Associations in the Mediterranean,"  "ESOP," pp. 93-99)
These were white people (Peleg, son of Eber), nautical and virtually worldwide, and part of the Sea Peoples with their Israelite kinsmen.
Champollion was first to call the PLST Sea Peoples Philistines, which set a paradigm, and which you apparently have bought into hook, line, and sinker.  Philistines in the OT were of the Black race and brothers of Mizraim, the Egyptians.  My research shows just the opposite.  (Alessandra Nibbi, "The Sea Peoples: a Re-examination of the Egyptian Sources)
Later the Philistines moved from their base in Kaft-ur in the Delta into the Gaza area, occupied by the Avims (Deut. 2:23).  This was during an era of expansionism that took them also to certain areas north of, but close to, Jerusalem.  I cannot find any evidence of their being farther north than that.
Pelagians, not Philistines, also were Minoans.  They were sea traders and had outposts in Egypt and other areas, including your mention of the Philistine Center in Gaza, known as Minoa, most likely a trading emporium for Cretan wares.  The pottery and other archaeological finds of Minoan evidence there were undoubtedly by trade (from Minoans in Crete) rather than Philistines coming from Crete (no evidence).
This is rushed, but I feel that you should look into this more thoroughly before teaching others the erroneous paradigm that Philistines were Pelasgians.
I have found also that "Sea of the Philistines" and other references to them should have been "Sea of the Pelagians" etc., probably due to the redactors of the Bible who, like the Greeks, confused Pelagians with Philistines.
Bailey ("Sailing to Paradise") says Pelagians were in west and north Europe (where Israelites were, besides the Mediterranean and Aegean areas.  Minoan evidence has also been found in the Americas.
Rohl confuses them to the point of saying that Pelagians, Philistines, Phoenicians, and Amalekites all were the same people.  Well, so much for today.

Brit-Am Comment: A very interesting article by Walter Baucum. We will give our point of view on these matters at length later.
We identify the "Pelasgians". There was a connection between the Minoans of Crete and the Philistines.
Cyrus Gordon showed that the original language ("Linear A") of the Minoans was a Semitic dialect.

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