Check out this song from DVD 5: Israel Gets A King! [Saul, David & Solomon]
Israel had a new enemy in town – the meanest buncha fellas they’d ever seen! They were called the “Philistines.”
CHUCK WAGGIN (singing)
Oh, the Philistines were big and mean. And tall and strong and hairy! The toughest dudes you ever seen! To Israel, they looked scary! So they said to Samuel, “Here’s the thing – It’s time for us to have a king – With crown and robe and fancy ring – Ridin’ high upon the saddle – he’ll lead us into battle!”
SUNDAY SCHOOL LADY
Clive – where’d the Philistines come from?
Ian? The slide, please!
Um – Ian… It’s upside down!
Right. The Philistines were a group of people who arrived in Canaan from the sea around 1100 BC.
Archeologists today believe they came from the island of Crete. They were tough, aggressive, and good at making weapons from iron, which was new at the time. They gave the Israelites LOTS of trouble!