Philistine temple



Here we see a typical Philistine temple with two pillars that supported the roof. This temple was excavated in Tel Qasile near Tel Aviv, about 50 miles north of Gaza. Samson destroyed the temple in Gaza by pulling the two middle pillars to which he was shackled with bronze chains. Several Philistine temples have been excavated and the roofs of most of them were supported by two pillars. Dislodging these pillars caused the whole building to collapse. Several buildings were constructed against the outer walls of the temple that would have collapsed when the temple was destroyed. This may account for the large number of people that died with Samson.