Goliath, described as having a jaw-dropping height, was felled by King David in the Hebrew Bible.
But a new research questions whether or not Goliath was a giant.
Some ancient texts say that Goliath stood from “four cubits and a span” (7.80 feet or 2.38 meters) to “six cubits and a span” (11.35 feet or 3.46 m). To put it in perspective, the tallest recorded person in modern times stood an impressive 8 feet 11 inches (2.72 m) tall.
But how much these “cubits” and “spans” are in modern-day measurements?
Scientists aren’t sure. In ancient Israel, a “cubit” was equal to 1.77 feet (54 centimeters), and a span was equal to 0.72 feet (22 cm).
Current archeological studies excavate Gath, the city where Goliath grew up.
Recently, the team unearthed a fortification wall found in the northern part of the lower city. The stone wall foundations measured exactly 2.38 meters (four cubits and a span) in width at every point along the 40 meters of its line.
Scientists argue that biblical writers may have gotten Goliath’s height from the width of the north lower city wall of Gath. They also notice that Goliath is the only person whose precise height is recorded in the Bible.
So where did the Bible’s authors have gotten Goliath’s height of “four cubits and a span?”
It’s possible that the Bible writers “have been metaphorically describing Goliath as being comparable to the size and strength of the Philistine capital’s city wall.
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