Archaeologists discover the entrance to city of Goliath.
The city of Goliath the giant, unearthed, which is believed to have been part of the dominant Philistine empire before it was destroyed in the ninth century B.C.
The archaeologists have unearthed a massive gate and a portion of a fortified wall in Tell es-Safi, a Palestinian village in Israel. The discovery points put to a leading metropolis in the area during biblical times.
The Bible in 1 Samuel 17, describes glorious victory of David over Goliath the giant.
The Scripture says:
“As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.” – 1 Samuel 17: 48-51
Aren Maeir- an archaeologist from Bar-Ilan University in Israel lead this excavation project. He believes that the gate now unearthed once served as the entrance to “the lower city of Gath,” which is described in the Bible as Goliath’s home.
“We still have to do a lot of cleaning, defining, digging and measuring to do, but it appears that there are really good chances we have truly landed on quite an astounding find,” Maeir said.
Aren Maeir elucidates that the minutiae and architecture of the gate will pave way for further clues on the ancient Philistine civilisation. “Many lines of megalithic stone are appearing, with nice corners, features and even mud bricks. While we are quite far from fully understanding this architectural complex, it is getting more and more impressive,” he said.
The Israeli excavating team stumbled upon the top surface of the massive gate while digging furrows in order to locate the Gath’s fortifications. It is because of the enormous size of the remaining walls, the excavating team will have to toil for quite a few months to uncover them fully. Until now, they have managed to uncover only the top surface of the massive gate and enormous walls.