WHY Did Rome Really Name Palestine Palestine?

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  1. Michael Dar says:

    I always wondered what those who only recently start calling themselves “Palestinians” would have call themselves had the Jews kept the name of “Palestine” for their ancient new-born state…

  2. David Sarmento says:

    Likely something along the lines of from Al Sham, the name for the levantine region in Arabic. Etimologically I believe it’s to do with to the north or left, the relative position of Syria to Hejaz when looking east to Mecca.

  3. Michael Dunton says:

    What this article fails to mention is that the Greek Philistia are one and the same as the Philistines. They were always enemies of the Jews, and it is a direct reference to the David and Goliath lore. As Goliath was a Philistine, and David the boy who defeated Goliath became king of those lands. So the argument that Hadrian did not hate the Jews is a shallow outlook. Hadrian absolutely wanted to proclaim dominance to squash the Judea revolts. He did so by flattening all of Jerusalem’s holy temples, and replacing them with Pagan temples. Than as a kick in the teeth named the land after a legendary enemy. That sounds pretty hateful to me….

  1. April 15, 2023

    […] were slaughtered by the Romans and most left the country, but some Jews remained.  The Romans renamed Judea “Palaestina” in an attempt to minimize Jewish identification with the land.  It was from that point forward land became known as […]

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