For the first time, Israeli archeologists have unearthed physical evidence of the biblical story, including the exact location of perhaps the most talked-about battle of all time.
“What is written in the Bible fits the geographical situation and the anthropology of the period,” says Yosef Garfinkel, head of the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
During excavations conducted from 2007-2013, Garfinkel realized he had stumbled upon evidence of a Davidic city dating back to the 11th century BC. The city, which sits between the ancient sites of Sokho and Azekah, is on the biblical border separating the Philistines and the Judeans, the spot where the young David triumphed over Goliath.
“The story of David and Goliath and the city are located in exactly the same location,” explains Garfinkel. “They’re from the same period, so it cannot be a coincidence.”
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