The great status of Goliath is more than a metaphor, the new study wrote. However, it does not reveal whether other aspects of biblical history are true, as to whether such an unequal struggle existed at all.
“We are not trying to confirm the truth of this story. The key here is the length of the Goliath. Where did it come from?” Commented archaeologist Jeffrey Chedwick.
Some ancient texts say that Goliath is four cubits and one span long. In other texts, it is written that he was six cubits and a little high, which is about 3.46 meters. It is definitely impressive stature if we are talking about a real person. Today, the tallest man was Robert Wadlow, who was 2.72 meters tall.
However, researchers still debate what the ancient cavities and splits are in modern terms. Most likely, the units were different in different parts of the ancient world. Chedwick has long been involved in the study of ancient architectural sites in ancient Israel, measuring the remains of structures and observed measurements that are frequently used. His study indicates that one object in this area was equal to 54 cm, while the span was equal to 22 cm.
Chedwick is part of a team of archaeologists who excavated in Gata, the Palestinian city where Goliath grew up, according to the Bible.
Recently, researchers found a fortification wall in the northern part of the city. It was built in the 10th century BC, when the Philistines controlled the city.
Chedwick told Life Science that the foundations of rock are exactly 2.38 meters wide (four cubits and one span). The wall itself was probably 7 meters high.
In his presentation, Chedwick said that biblical writers may have borrowed Goliath from the width of the city’s defensive wall. Goliath is the only person in the Bible whose body is exactly described.
Assuming that the authors of the Bible probably did not have access to Goliath’s corpse, the question arises how they got such a definite Goliath stature – four cubits and a sliver.
It is possible that this is a metaphor and they direct the powerful Goliath with the powerful city walls.