Finding Said to Boost Proof of Goliath
JERUSALEM – Archaeologists digging at the purported biblical home of Goliath have unearthed a shard of pottery bearing an inscription of the Philistine’s name, a find they claimed lends historical credence to the Bible’s tale of David’s battle with the giant.
While the discovery is not definitive evidence of Goliath’s existence, it does support the Bible’s depiction of life at the time the battle was supposed to have occurred, said Dr. Aren Maeir, a professor at Bar-Ilan University and director of the excavation.
“What this means is that at the time there were people there named Goliath,” he said. “It shows us that David and Goliath’s story reflects the cultural reality of the time.” In the story, David slew Goliath with a slingshot.
Some scholars assert the story of David slaying the giant Goliath is a myth written down hundreds of years later. Maeir said finding the scraps lends historical credence to the biblical story. The shard dates back to around 950 B.C., within 70 years of when biblical chronology asserts David squared off against Goliath, making it the oldest Philistine inscription ever found, the archaeologists said.
Scientists made the discovery at Tel es-Safi, a dig site in southern Israel thought to be to be the location of the Philistine city of Gath.
Of course to Christians, this means very little to us. Is it an awesome discovery? Yep! Does it make you feel somewhat vindicated if even in just a tiny way? Yes! Does it sound cool? Very much so? Does it have anything to do with Jesus Christ being the son of God, dying on the Cross for our sins, rising from the grave 3 days later? No! Does it have anything to do with the fact that Christ dying on the Cross is the simplist yet most profound gift that humanity has ever recognized? No! Does it affect those who simply say, “YES LORD! I accept your word, I accept your father, I accept your blood from the Cross and I ask that you come into my life and SAVE ME from my sins and take my soul with you into the Kingdom of Heaven!”?
NO…..but it sounds reeeal cool!!