That’s not a sling stone… THIS is a sling stone

Excavated a couple of days ago at Khirbet Qeiyafa…

Imagine this hitting your head at 70 mph. As the Bible politely puts Goliath’s experience, “The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.” (1 Sam. 17:49) Sling stones were serious business. (Photo courtesy of Royce Chandler)

This is one of several sling stones excavated this year at Qeiyafa.

Update: I should clarify that this was not David’s actual stone, nor was his stone likely to have been so well-worked. He would have looked for a smooth, balanced stone to fly straight and likely kill/severely disable his opponent. It need not have been this large, though it most certainly would not have been anything resembling a pebble.

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 popular study tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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1 Response to That’s not a sling stone… THIS is a sling stone

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