Goliath's name found in archaeological dig

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    Goliath's name found in archaeological dig

    By Allyn Fisher-Ilan
    Sun Nov 13,10:19 AM ET

    RAMAT GAN, Israel (Reuters) - An Israeli researcher said he has made a Goliath of a find -- the first archaeological evidence suggesting the biblical story of David slaying the Philistine giant actually took place.

    A shard 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.

    "This is a groundbreaking find," he 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."

    http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=564&ncid=564&e=62&u=/nm/20051113/ts_nm/israel_goliath_dc_1
     
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    I can't get your link to work. It makes sense that Goliath's name would show up every now and then on Jewish pottery. Afterall, David and Goliath is a huge story in the Torah. And David was one of their greatest kings. His exploits were probably well documented on pottery all over his kingdom for hundreds of years.
     
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    Of course. So how is this any proof that the story took place? It's proof that the story has been told. Or proof that someone at the time was named Goliath.
     
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    The story mentions that the name was found on a piece of Phillistine pottery, about 100 years after the David/Goliath battle occurred.
     
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    So that tells us these things.

    1. Goliath was a common name used at the time

    or

    2. Someone at that time had heard the story.


    It doesn't verify that it happened.

    But even if it did happen the story portrayed in the Bible is probably at best an exaggeration.
     
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    Of course, we should assume everything in the Bible is a lie untill proven otherwise by science.
    :lame2:
     
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    Maybe we should just believe everything thatÂ’s written down.
    Afterall, someone took the time to write it down.
    :lame2:
     
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    The name was rendered on Philistine pottery as noted by the fact that the name was written in the Philistine language.
     
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    I wonder what context it was written in. The scholar seems to believe that it is evidence of the existence of Goliath of biblical reference.
     
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    One of the things I find really odd about this story:

    "This is a groundbreaking find," he 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."


    But then a couple sentences later he claims that this was found and thought to be from around 900 BC and that the story of David and Goliath was from around 1000 BC.

    So something that you find 100 years after something allegedly happened proves that it isn't some later literary creation? That sounds like some bullshit to me.
     

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