This is how the story was during the Bible times; the Philistine army had gathered for war against Israel. The two armies faced each other, camped for battle on opposite sides of a steep valley. A Philistine giant measuring over nine feet and some inches tall and wearing full armor came out each day for forty days, mocking and challenging the Israelites to fight. His name was Goliath. Saul, the King of Israel, and the whole army were terrified of Goliath.
The battle began as a band of Israelites were preparing to fight a band of Philistines in the Valley of Elah.
At that point in history it was common for enemies to avoid massive casualties by allowing one man from each side to fight for their respective armies. To quote the Bible, Goliath, challenged the Israelites to ‘choose a man and let him come to me. If he be able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I kill him, then you will serve us.’
One day David, the youngest son of Jesse, was sent to the battle lines by his father to bring back news of his brothers. David was probably just a young teenager at the time. While there, David heard Goliath shouting his daily defiance and he saw the great fear stirred within the men of Israel. David responded, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of God?”
So David volunteered to fight Goliath. It took some persuasion, but King Saul finally agreed to let David fight against the giant. Dressed in his simple tunic, carrying his shepherd’s staff, sling and a pouch full of stones, David approached Goliath. The giant cursed at him, hurling threats and insults.
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied … today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air … and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel… it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
As Goliath moved in for the kill, David reached into his bag and slung one of his stones at Goliath’s head. Finding a hole in the armor, the stone dived into the giant’s forehead and he fell face down on the ground. David then took Goliath’s sword, killed him and then cut off his head. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. So the Israelites pursued, chasing and killing them and plundering their camp.
Many people, including scholars and clergymen, would have us believe that the biblical account of David and Goliath is little more than an interesting piece of fiction. Well, this might be so true after all.
In 1994, according to The Kingdom Times, Belfast, a leading archaeologist had found Goliath’s skull in a valley West of Jerusalem with the stone from David’s slingshot still embedded in his forehead! Dr. Richard Martin said the discovery proves that David’s battle with the giant happened just like the Bible said it did.
Dr. Martin in his words, continued that he had found this skull in the valley of Elah, in the foothills of the Judean Mountains, where David’s battle with Goliath was said to have taken place. Even more intriguing, the skull was huge and clearly belonged to a man of enormous stature.
Dr. Martin found the skull during an archaeological survey 20 miles south-west of Jerusalem on 23rd March, 1993. He and his assistants instantly realized that the find was important; but it was only when they had performed tests which showed the skull to be between 2,900 and 3,000 years old that they began to think they had found the remains of Goliath.
“The most telling piece of evidence is the small round rock we found embedded in the forehead. The Bible tells that David killed Goliath with a stone flung from a leather sling.” Said Dr. Martin.
And it turns out, a team of famed archaeologists and biblical scholars have confirmed an enormous skull that was unearthed west of Jerusalem by Dr. Richard Martin was that of Goliath. They also say the stone embedded in its forehead came from David’s slingshot!
As it is, those who believe in the Bible should rest easy concerning the authenticity of the scriptures because now there’s one other reason to trust it, and it is Science.