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  • Joe Carey
    Once again, the historical accuracy of the Bible is confirmed. The critic is again silenced... Scientists find ŒGoliath¹ inscribed on pottery Reference from
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      Goliath inscription found Once again, the historical accuracy of the Bible is confirmed. The critic is again silenced...

      Scientists find Goliath inscribed on pottery
      Reference from 950 B.C. lends credence to Bible tale, archaeologists say
      The Associated Press
      Updated: 9:30 p.m. ET Nov. 10, 2005


      JERUSALEM - Archaeologists digging at the purported biblical home of Goliath have unearthed a shard of pottery bearing an inscription of the Philistines name, a find they claimed lends historical credence to the Bibles tale of Davids battle with the giant.

      While the discovery is not definitive evidence of Goliaths existence, it does support the Bibles depiction of life at the time the battle was supposed to have occurred, said Dr. Aren Maeir, a professor at Bar-Ilan University and director of the excavation.

      What this means is that at the time there were people there named Goliath, he said. It shows us that David and Goliaths story reflects the cultural reality of the time. In the story, David slew Goliath with a slingshot.

      Some scholars assert the story of David slaying the giant Goliath is a myth written down hundreds of years later. Maeir said finding the scraps lends historical credence to the biblical story.

      The shard dates back to around 950 B.C., within 70 years of when biblical chronology asserts David squared off against Goliath, making it the oldest Philistine inscription ever found, the archaeologists said.

      Scientists made the discovery at Tel es-Safi, a dig site in southern Israel thought to be to be the location of the Philistine city of Gath.

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