Goliath’s higher stature is a metaphor, new research wrote. However, it does not reveal whether other aspects of this biblical story are true, such as whether such a different struggle took place.
“We’re not trying to verify the truth of this story. The key here is the length of Goliath. Where did it come from?” Commented archaeologist Jeffrey Chedwick.
Some ancient texts say that Goliath has four arms and a length, and researchers believe that it is about 2.38 meters. In other texts, it was written to be six cubits long and about 3.46 meters. It is certainly an impressive size if we are talking about a real person. Today, the tallest man was Robert Vadlov, who was 2.72 meters tall.
However, researchers are debating what these ancient cavities and divisions are in modern terms. Probably these units were different in different parts of the ancient world. Chedwick has long been involved in the study of ancient Israeli architectural sites, measuring the remains of structures, and highlighting frequently used measurements. His research indicates that one object in this region was 54 centimeters, and 22 centimeters in between.
According to the Bible, Chedwick Gatan is a member of a team of archaeologists who are excavating in the Philistine city where Goliath grew up.
Recently, researchers found a fortress wall north of the city. It was built in the 10th century BC, when the Philistines took control of the city.
Chadwick told Live Science that the foundations of the stone wall were 2.38 meters wide (four arms and one wide). The wall itself was probably 7 feet high.
In the presentation, Chedwick said that the biblical writers borrowed it from the width of the defensive wall of the city of Goliath. Goliath is the only person who accurately describes the body of the Bible.
Assuming that the biblical authors probably did not have access to Goliath’s body, the question arises as to where they got the exact height of Goliath, four arms and split.
It may be a metaphor and match the strong Goliath with the strong walls of the city.