a chaplet, the original seat of the Philistines (Deut. 2:23; Jer. 47:4; Amos 9:7). The name is found written in hieroglyphics in the temple of Kom Ombos in Upper Egypt. But the exact situation of Caphtor is unknown, though it is supposed to be Crete, since the Philistines seem to be meant by the "Cherethites" in 1 Sam. 30:14 (see also 2 Sam. 8:18). It may, however, have been a part of Egypt, the Caphtur in the north Delta, since the Caphtorim were of the same race as the Mizraite people (Gen. 10:14; 1 Chr. 1:12).
See Parchi, caphtor wa-pherach, an exhaustive work on Palestine written 1322, especially chap.
If this disc was written in Crete, it would follow that caphtor was Crete.
From hence we reach Damietta, which is caphtor, in two days; this place contains about two hundred Jews.
Referring to their ancient immigration from caphtor, probably Crete.
Thence it is two days' journey to Damietta which is caphtor, where there are about 200 Jews, and it lies upon the sea.