-land of the Biblical Caphtorim
). It has been etymologically linked to Cyprus while other suggestions identify it variously as Crete
, and the nearby coasts of Anatolia. In the Biblical tradition peoples with cultural routes in Egypt populated the land where they developed a new identity and had even branched into the Gaza strip as the Philistim
by the time of the Habiru
incursions into the Levant
under the biblical patriarch Abraham
. They later came under the rule of the Ionians.