ARCHAEOLOGISTS UNCOVER GOLIATH’S HOMETOWN
(Friday Church News Notes, August 6, 2010, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
- Though most archaeologists are unbelievers and the field is rife with bias against the Bible, their work has continually confirmed the Bible’s accuracy. Renowned Jewish archaeologist Nelson Glueck said, “It may be stated categorically that no archeological discovery has ever controverted a single biblical reference. Scores of archeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or in exact detail historical statements in the Bible” (Rivers in the Desert, 1960, p. 31).
Archaeology has found evidence for the existence of practically all of the kings of Israel, including David and Solomon, of Solomon’s palace and stables at Megiddo, of Ahab and Jezebel’s ivory palace at Samaria, Israel’s temples, the walls built by Nehemiah, and a thousand other things. Among the most recent cases are the discovery of Gath, Goliath’s hometown, and Shaaraim, a city in the valley of Elah where David fought Goliath. These places are mentioned in 1 Samuel 17:19, 52. Aren Maeir, director of the excavations at Tel Tzafit (Gath), says that Philistine names have been found which are similar to “Goliath” and that they have found evidence that Gath was a major city at that time (“Archaeologists Uncover Goliath’s Hometown,” Arutz Sheva, July 13, 2010). Shaaraim means “two gates” and the second gate to the ancient fortress there was recently found (“Digging Through the Bible,” Arutz Sheva, July 20, 2009).