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The Pennsylvania-based Associates for Biblical Research (ABR) pushed back at the assertion, as it rather views the discovery as providing further observation into what is already stated in the Scriptures.
“For Christians, the archaeological discoveries of monumental structures, ‘Cyclopean’ stones, and extensive material culture, along with the results of DNA testing, all help to provide important historical details and insights into this formidable ancient enemy of Israel,” Director Scott Lanser told Christian News Network.
“This earlier occupation level at Gath will offer numerous insights on the Philistines early years on Canaan’s coast,” he remarked.
“The Bible indicates they were a powerful entity in the region and now we’ll get an even better picture as to how powerful.” “I look forward to all the possible biblical connections which will come from this level of the Philistine city — connections with ancient Israel, king David and maybe even Goliath!
“I’ve been digging here for 23 years, and this place still manages to surprise me,” Aren Maeir, a professor of archaeology at Bar-Ilan University near Tel Aviv who leads the dig project, told Haaretz.
“All along we had this older, giant city that was hiding just a meter under the city we were digging.” “We got the feeling that perhaps this earlier phase [of Gath] is larger and dramatically more impressive than the city that was destroyed by Hazael,” he also outlined to The Times of Israel.
However, he also remarked that since no giant skeletal remains have yet been found in Gath, perhaps the biblical record of Goliath being so large is a “mythical story” that was based on the size of the city.We welcome readers to comment on stories, but we will not tolerate remarks containing profanity, vulgarity, violence, blasphemy, all caps or any discourteous behavior.Thank you for your cooperation in maintaining a respectful public environment where readers can engage in reasonable discussion about matters affecting our nation and our world.“The LXX has Goliath at 6’9.”” 1 Samuel 17:4 says that, in particular, Goliath’s “height was six cubits and a span.” Gary Beyers, an archaeologist with ABR and professor of archaeology at Trinity Southwest University in New Mexico, expressed excitement over the find.He had been involved in an excavation at Philistine Ekron, and had visited Tell es-Safi prior to the discovery.