Saturday, 22 August 2015

Ancient Goliaths Discovered In Israel

Archaeologists in Tell es-Safi, Israel have uncovered what they believe to be the enormous gates of Gath, the city of Goliath.
The story of Goliath the Giant (1 Samuel 17) is a Bible classic, also used in many tales for kids, with a clear message for young and old. 

Philistine Gath in the tenth to ninth century (BCE) was a large city, perhaps the largest in the land at that time
The previous years in Israel and elsewhere they have discovered several Goliaths that match biblical description.

The newly discovered gate is being hailed as one of the largest of its kind ever found. The gate is part of enormous and extensive fortifications, indicating the importance of the city. Archaeologists also found ironworks and a Philistine temple near the monumental gate, with some pottery. Examination of the pottery revealed both Philistine and Israelite influences, indicating there was more interaction between the two cultures than previously thought.
Remains of the city wall of the Philistine city of Gath. (Photo: Prof. Aren Maeir/ Bar Ilan University)

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