A leading archaeologist, Dr Richard Martin recently found Goliath’s skull in a valley in western Jerusalem, the Israeli capital with the stone (from David’s sling) still stuck on the forehead.
This startling discovery was made sometime ago by the leading archaeologist, Dr Richard Martin who says it proves that David’s battle with the 10-foot giant really happened just like the Bible said it did. He labelled it the “archeological finding of the century, if not of all time”.
Back then, at a news conference in Jerusalem, he had told reporters: “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.
“But we found this skull in the valley of Elah, in the foothill of the Judean Mountains, where David’s battle with Goliath was said to have taken place. Even more intriguing, the skull is huge and clearly belonged to a man of enormous stature. And if you believe the Bible, you know that Goliath stood nine-feet shoulders tall.
“But most telling piece of evidence is the small round rock we found embedded in the forehead. The Bible tells us that David killed Goliath with a stone flung from a leather sling. It might be – but I don’t think so.”
Martin found the skull during a routine archaelogical survey about 20 miles southwest of Jerusalem. He and his assistants instantly realized that the find was important. It was not until they performed tests that showed the skull to be between 2,900 and 3,000 years old that they had actually found the remains of Goliath.
According to the Bible, the battle between David and Goliath happened around 900B.C or 1000 years before the birth of Jesus Christ.
The Bible tells us that the battle began as a band of Israelites were preparing to fight a band of Philistines on 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, the Philistines Goliath challenged the Israelites to “choose a man and let him come to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail and kill him, then you shall serve us”.
David took up the challenge and killed Goliath with a single stone thrown from a leather sling. When Goliath hit the ground, David chopped off his head with Goliath’s own sword. Dr Martin confirmed that the skull he saw had a rock stuck in the forehead.
“There was also evidence to suggest that the head had been severed from the body by a sharp object, most likely a sword. I know that the evidence is circumstantial but when you put it all together, there can be little doubt that this is Goliath’s skull. To be perfectly frank, I’m staking my career on it,” he said.
While biblical scholars and other experts consider the ramifications of Dr Martin’s report, the archaeologist himself is planning to return to the site to search for other relics. “Goliath was wearing a helmet and coat of mail when he was slain by David and we would like nothing more than to find them,” he added.
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