In the Washington Post today there is an article about a fragment found in a dig of the ancient Philistine city of Gath. It seems that our confidence in how the Bible is a historical document is well placed. Although the Bible is not a historical or scientific book, one can see how there are amazing validations in those arenas. More than that, discoveries like these give us a better picture of the context the Bible was birthed in. Here is a quote from the news article’s author, Guy Gugliotta. While the fragment almost certainly has nothing to do with the Goliath, Maeir said it shows that the Bible story has “cultural context” rooted in the ancient Middle East and is not necessarily an elaborate legend written down hundreds of years after the event is alleged to have happened.
Here is the link to read more: WashingtonPost.com: A Habitation and a Name.
In Christianity Today we find a bit more about this story with some other things that might shape our understanding not only of King David’s encounter with Goliath, but the early Church. Read more here: Three Big Digs Discoveries bolster understanding of early church, biblical account of David’s kingdom.