Goliath (Guh-li´uhth)

A Philistine champion from Gath. He was defeated by David in single combat in the Valley of Elah according to (1Sam 17), where the might of the seasoned Philistine warrior is contrasted with the vulnerability of the callow Israelite shepherd, who fells his heavily armed opponent with a slingstone. According to (2Sam 21:19), however, Goliath was defeated by Elhanan, one of David’s warriors. Some interpreters have suggested that the name of the Philistine slain by David was not given in the original, oldest tradition and that the name of Elhanan’s victim was substituted for the anonymous adversary of the better-known David.

1Sam 17

David and Goliath
1Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle; they were gathered at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Aze ... View more

2Sam 21:19

19Then there was another battle with the Philistines at Gob; and Elhanan son of Jaare-oregim, the Bethlehemite, killed Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose s ... View more

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