Closing Thought–06Dec20

How many of my readers attended Sunday School?

That many?

Then they will recall the story of David and Goliath….where this boy with a sling killed the Giant warrior of the Philistines…..

A great story and life affirming tale that size matters not……

Sorry to say but that story was like so many myths….probably pure BS……

Early versions of the Bible describe Goliath — an ancient Philistine warrior best known as the loser of a fight with the future King David — as a giant whose height in ancient terms reached four cubits and a span. But don’t take that measurement literally, new research suggests.

Archaeological findings at biblical-era sites including Goliath’s home city, a prominent Philistine settlement called Gath, indicate that those ancient measurements work out to 2.38 meters, or 7 feet, 10 inches. That’s equal to the width of walls forming a gateway into Gath that were unearthed in 2019, according to archaeologist Jeffrey Chadwick of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Rather than standing taller than any NBA player ever, Goliath was probably described metaphorically by an Old Testament writer as a warrior who matched the size and strength of Gath’s defensive barrier, Chadwick said November 19 at the virtual annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

The biblical warrior Goliath may not have been so giant after all

Learn Stuff!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

6 thoughts on “Closing Thought–06Dec20

  1. Most legends and folk tales rely on exaggeration to impress the reader or listener. I’m sure The Bible is no exception to that tradition.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. I attended Sunday School as a child and adult Sunday School too. Eventually, I tired of hearing the same Bible stories and found a teaching church. An interesting thing about the David & Goliath story was the 5 smooth stones that David selected to use in his sling-shot. There’s a spiritual message in how the stones were made smooth by hitting up against each other in the water, and 5 being the number of grace. When situations seem to be too big to resolve, there are “stones” where the rough edges have been smoothed out. They cause no harm to the user, but shuts the mouth of those using mockery. It’s called grace.

    1. What is the meaning of 40? You know like 40 days and nights….40 days standing in the Jordan River…etc. I know off topic just wondering. chuq

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