The Beyond newsletters continue to pour out with lots of juicy information about the history and nature of Biblical giants, and of what significance they are. Thank you to those of you who have been reading faithfully. I've gotten some good feedback--keep it coming.
On a related front, I recently viewed an incredible documentary on the giant Goliath. It is entitled Footsteps of Goliath and I higly recommend it. Now, let me qualify this recommendation with the following caveat: I agree with MUCH of the conclusions on this very compelling documentary, but not ALL. At any rate, I am sure you will find it fascinating and intriguing. Click on this link:
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In light of the fact that much of the documentary deals with Philistine territory, here is some background on one of the key cities, Goliath's hometown of Gath.
Gath A wine-vat one of the five royal cities of the Philistines (Jos 13:3) on which the ark brought calamity (Sa1 5:8, Sa1 5:9; Sa1 6:17). It was famous also as being the birthplace or residence of Goliath (Sa1 17:4). David fled from Saul to Achish, king of Gath (Sa1 21:10; Sa1 27:2; Psa 56:1), and his connection with it will account for the words in Sa2 1:20. It was afterwards conquered by David (Sa2 8:1). It occupied a strong position on the borders of Judah and Philistia (Sa1 21:10; Ch1 18:1). Its site has been identified with the hill called Tell es Safieh, the Alba Specula of the Middle Ages, which rises 695 feet above the plain on its east edge. It is noticed on monuments about 1500 B.C..