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[ November 16th 2005 ]
archaeologists have unearthed evidence suggesting
the Biblical story of David slaying the Philistine
giant Goliath actually took place, Associated
Press reports today.
of pottery unearthed in a decade-old dig in southern
Israel carried an inscription in early Semitic
style spelling "Alwat and "Wlt," likely Philistine
renderings of the name Goliath, said Aren Maeir,
who directed the excavation.
is a groundbreaking find," Maeir said of the rust-colored
ceramic. "Here we have very nice evidence the
name Goliath appearing in the Bible in the context
of the story of David and Goliath is not some
later literary creation."
story of the epic Philistine giant's defeat at
the hands of a much smaller David, who went on
to become king of Israel, has long been a popular
metaphor for the triumph of good over evil against
all odds, AP reports.