Israelian city where biblical Goliath lived

In Israel, a huge ancient city was found where the biblical giant Goliath lived.

In the south of Israel, an ancient settlement, the Philistine city of Gath, has long been excavated. This city is mentioned in the Bible as the refuge of the future king of Israel, David: before becoming king, he was hiding from his cruel father-in-law Saul. In Gath, for some time, the Ark of the Covenant was kept, where the tablets with the commandments lay.

Under the already excavated city, previously unexplored artifacts were found that date back to the 11th century BC. The find is remarkable not only for its age – there are already enough antiquities in Israel. The found settlement turned out to be atypically huge.

David with Goliath's head raised high
David with Goliath’s head raised high

The buildings in Gath were made of blocks of stone, and archaeologists say that in that region, no one else built cities in this way. “Gath was the largest city of that time… perhaps it was built by giants. Who else could move such huge stones? Only giants.”

Scientists have examined the ruins and found that chronologically they date back to the time when David and Goliath could live in Gath.

“This is exactly the time frame in which David existed not only as a mythical, but also as a real historical character.”

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