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Where did David get his sling stones? Right here…

Where did David kill Goliath? The Bible gives numerous landmarks in 1 Samuel 17 to locate the battlefield. It was “between Socoh and Azekah” (v. 1). The armies were camped on mountains “with a valley between them” (3). David stopped … Continue reading

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A sling stone find at Khirbet Qeiyafa

Grady Persell, who is traveling with me, found a sling stone at Khirbet Qeiyafa this past Thursday. This is not the first sling stone found at Khirbet Qeiyafa. Several were found earlier this season and several were also found last … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Video of an Ancient-Style Sling in Action

As a followup to my post on the famous biblical slinger David, here is a video of my wife’s cousin Brian Grubbs using a sling against a (thankfully) unpopulated target. Brian appears to be using smaller-sized stones than those excavated … Continue reading

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David Was a Young Man of High Caliber

Slings were popular military weapons in ancient times, even in the centuries after Christ. Its most famous use is probably in the Bible account of David and Goliath. This encounter took place in the Elah Valley, where I am currently … Continue reading

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