Answers to Quora Questions by Yair Davidiy (22 August 2017, 30 Av, 5777)
What is the difference between Philistine and Palestine?
The Romans used the name â€˜Syria Palaestinaâ€™ for the former area of Judea.
Â This was after they had defeated and destroyed Judea and were exiling its Jewish inhabitants.
Â They wished to erase the memory of Jewish presence from the region.
Â The enmies of the Jews today are continuing this policy.
Â â€˜Syria Palaestinaâ€ means "Philistia (Philistine Land) in Syria." Henceforth the region became known as Palestine or its equivalent.
Â Literally however the name is derived from a Latin rendition of the term for Philistine.
Â In Biblical Terms we may use the term "Philistine" as referring to the Palestinians since this is what they call themselves and what they are known by.
Prophecy tells us:
Â 13 Then the jealousy of Ephraim will depart,
Â And those who harass Judah will be cut off;
Â Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah,
Â And Judah will not harass Ephraim.
Â 14 They will swoop down on the slopes of the Philistines on the west. Together...
Notice the last verse (11:14), "They [i.e. Ephraim and Judah together] swoop down on the slopes of the Philistines on the west..."
Â In Hebrew it says "va-afu be-kataf Plishtim Yamah yachdav..."
Â In Hebrew this may be taken to read:
# Together, they [i.e. Ephraim and Judah] will cause to fly by wing the Palestinians to the west... #
Will they be flown to Bavaria? or someplace else?