Opinion: Israel-Palestine Conflict

The Bible mentions Gaza 20 Times At least — As a Place Undefeated

It is also the backdrop of the Samson & Delilah sex drama

Lucy M.
10 min readNov 8, 2023

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Author’s Note: I don’t believe in the veracity of religious texts, especially the Holy Bible — the clever additions and tweaks every now and then are too numerous to be taken seriously. But I sometimes indulge it when religious tensions threaten to spill all over my coffee table.

If you’re religious, I don’t mean to offend you. Kindly click off, and find another article to read.

The fighting spirit of the Palestinian people is nothing short of admirable, but it’s their pronunciation of Gaza as Ghezarr and Palestine as something even nicer that really warmed my heart.

So instead of sitting on my hands, I decided to explore Gaza’s biblical roots before it is completely disappeared before our very eyes, in the name of religion of course. Old habits die hard.

It’s important to also note that the biblical city of Gaza is what we now refer to as the Gaza Strip, although the biblical city of Gaza is not the entire Gaza Strip.

Here goes nothing. The article begins here.😁

The biblical city of Gaza was one of five Philistine cities on the coastal plain of Canaan. The other cities included Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ekron, and Gath which made the pentapolis of the Philistine Confederacy, which would later inspire the Greeks to refer to the entire land as Palestine in the 5th century BCE, and the name stuck — surprisingly!

We see the term come into prominent use again in the 2nd century CE when the Roman Empire crushed the Jewish revolt against Roman rule and changed the name of their province of Judea to Syria Palaestina.

The Islamic Caliphate conquered the land from the Byzantines Palestina in the 7th century, and renamed the territory Filastin. The name would lose importance through the years until it was revived by the British in 1920 when they established Mandatory Palestine.

What I found in my research however, was what some of the clergy of the Judean are alleged to have done while in captivity in Babylon between 586BC &…

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Lucy M.

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