David fought Goliath next to Khirbet Qeiyafa

Everyone who excavated at Khirbet Qeiyafa had the privilege of enjoying a beautiful, daily view of the Elah Valley. The Elah Valley is most famous as the location of the David vs. Goliath story in 1 Samuel 17. In ancient times it was the border region between the Israelites and the Philistines, and would have seen plenty of conflict.

The following video was shot on our final day at Khirbet Qeiyafa/The Elah Fortress on August 6th, 2009. I was not able to do a video on this subject earlier due to the large shade structures that prevented a complete view of the valley. As you can tell with the video, it was a busy, noisy morning at the site. The video should still give a picture of the famous Bible story.

For years, tour buses have stopped off of the highway near the Elah Brook so people could gather ‘five smooth stones’ to carry home. (I myself did this in March of 2000.) The site of Khirbet Qeiyafa now offers another, greater reason to stop in the Elah Valley. Besides the great visual aid, it is a fortified city that dates to the time of David’s monarchy. Further excavation and research should increase and refine this information over the next several years.


About LukeChandler

Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister with the North Terrace Church of Christ and has participated in multiple archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke leads informative, meaningful tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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4 Responses to David fought Goliath next to Khirbet Qeiyafa

  1. afrankangle says:

    Thanks for allowing me to learn through your sharing.

  2. Gardner says:

    Would this have been the general area where the Ethiopian eunuch was baptized (on the road between Jerusalem and Gaza)?

    • lukechandler says:

      Philip and the Ethiopian would have met on a road south of this one. Khirbet Qeiyafa sits on a highway leading to the city of Gath, a little further north than Gaza.

  3. Pingback: At the 2010 Khirbet Qeiyafa Excavation | Luke Chandler's Blog

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