A series of images purportedly showing the skeletal remains of the biblical figure Goliath, along with the claim that the massive fossil had recently been unearthed in Jerusalem, gained popularity online in February 2018
The images — which show neither a Goliath skeleton nor a recent archaeological discovery — have been online in various forms for more than a decade. Each image used in the graphic above has a different origin.
The idea of a Goliath skeleton likely originates with the infamous tabloid the Weekly World News. The tabloid published images purportedly showing the giant’s slingshot-wounded skull in their June 1993 issue and then followed that up with a series of stories about the fictional discovery, complete with quotes from made-up archaeologists.
Quotes from that 24-year-old article are still used today. For instance, Daily Voice used a Weekly World News quote attributed to the (fictional) archaeologist “Dr. Richard Martin” in their in their February 2018 “Goliath” article:
Archaeologist Dr. Richard Martin says: “We found the skull in the Valley of Elah, in the foothills of the Judean Mountains, where David’s battle with Goliath took place. The skull is huge and clearly belongs to a man of enormous stature.”
Tests show that the skull is between 2 900 and 3 000 years old – about the right time for the biblical battle.
Dr. Martin says: “This is the archaeological find of the year.”
The Goliath “discovery” is neither recent nor real. Weekly World News was a sensational tabloid that frequently published outrageous claims, including the existence of “bat boy,” a half-boy, half-bat superhero. The June 1993 issue with the Goliath story also included far-fetched reports about whales trained to ram drug boats and an army of ants that ate 935 people.
This image originated in a 2008 hoax photograph contest called “Archaeological Anomalies 12” on the web site Worth 1000:
In this contest you will create a hoax archaeological discovery, maybe Atlantis, a 2,000 year-old Coca-Cola can or a giant’s skull. Be open minded, there are many mysteries buried beneath the earth.
The rules of this game are thus:
You are to create an archaeological hoax. Your job is to show a picture of an archaeological discovery that looks so real, had it not appeared at Worth1000, people might have done a double take.
Several people submitted manipulated images appearing to show giant skeletons. A user calling themselves “blackbook” created the image above.
This image was also created for a Worth 1000 contest, this time calling for images that play with size and perspective. The user Whitmath57 created the image.
The final image shows a sculpture by the Italian artist Gino De Domonicis. The work, titled “Calamita Cosmica” (in English “Cosmic Magnet”) toured Europe before finding a home at the Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo in Rome, Italy. Flickr user Mauro took this particular photograph in 2007.
The sculpture, aside from being gigantic, also had a unique pointy nose, a common theme in Domonicis’s work, according to Atlas Oscura:
None of the images show the skeleton of the biblical figure Goliath. We’ve investigated several “giant skeleton” photographs in the past but have yet to encounter a genuine photographic record of a giant. If you come across an image purporting to show the remains of Goliath, chances you are looking at the results of digital editing software, forced perspective, or some sort of artwork.
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I don't believe Goliath was a "giant" like he is depicted to children. He was probably just a larger person than what was normal at the time.
Kind of like what I go through. I'm tall, even have to duck to get under some doors, can't stand straight on a train (most people eventually offer me a seat).
But back then, a tall person would have been depicted as a giant. But he was probably 6'8" or 7' tall. Who knows.
Kind of like the flood.
The Bible says the entire world was flooded. But, what does this actually mean? In my opinion, the whole world was likely just the world known to Noah, a small area.
We must apply context and common sense when reading the Bible.
Then you choose to disbelieve the Bible. Samuel 17:4 is pretty clear, when it says: his height was 6 cubits and a span. Its not left to interpretation! The Bible also boasts of David and his men being 'the slayer of Giants', (plural) not just 'really tall men."
It astonishes me how biblically illiterate you are Matt. It's no surprise to me how you've often been lead astray by false teachers
Sidenote: The North American Indians have a tradition that speaks of six fingered giants prior to them ever encountering the white man. This correlates with the account of the Nephilim giants in Genesis 6. I don't dismiss the existence of giants outright.
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OK Davids rock was considerably larger - probably baseball sized.
Curious. ...What are you basing this on?
Some 4 years ago I did research this subject for a church sermon. Sadly I cannot find the sermon or the liturgy at present. I had the references in it. I made a sling woven from rough string and with tennis ball sized stones it was pretty effective but I wasn't quite game to really let rip in a small town backyard (my lack of skill would have been dangerous). David would have trained from childhood and would have been pretty skilled (killing wolves while protecting his flock) There are pictures here of ancient slingstones: link and link The Greeks and Romans cast smaller projectiles from lead - also deadly. If I find my original sermon I will post it. I even marked out a full sized outline in masking tape (like a body outline at a crime scene) on the floor in the aisle.