Caphtor (home of the Philistines)
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Caphtor (kaf´tor), a place referred to in Amos 9:7 as the home of the Philistines, who are called the “remnant of the coastland of Caphtor” (Jer. 47:4) and “the Caphtorim” (Deut. 2:23). Scholars have offered various suggestions for its location. The most widely accepted is the island of Crete in the
Catholic Bible Dictionary
CAPHTOR The traditional place of origin for the Philistines (Jer 47:4; Amos 9:7). The Caphtorim are described as the descendants of Egypt (Gen 10:13–14) and were said to reside in the land of Awwim, the coastal strip of southwest Canaan, after expelling the inhabitants (Deut 2:23). The Septuagint connects
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Caphtor.—The name of a country in the Old Testament, mentioned as the starting point of the migrations of the Philistines, whence they are also called Caphtorim (Deut. 2:23; Jer. 47:4; Amos 9:7). Formerly identified with Cappadocia or Cyprus, but considered by the majority of modern scholars as identical
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
CAPHTOR kaf´tor [כַּפְתּוֹרkaftor]. In Gen 10:14 Caphtor is mentioned as the seventh “offspring” of EGYPT. The Caphtorim, inhabitants of Caphtor (Deut 2:23), displaced the Avvim along the southern coast of Israel near Gaza. According to Amos (9:7), Caphtor is the place from which PHILISTINES originally