Israeli archaeologists discovered a new layer of the ancient Philistine city of Gat, known as the place of origin of Goliath; would help contextualize the history of the Bible, especially where it mentions the size of the Bible.
After 23 years of excavations, they found the new gat layer that reveals that it was a larger city in its constructions than others of those times or that same in the future, possibly for a giant to inhabit.
Five city-states of the Philistines lived between the 12th and 7th centuries BC in Gaza and the coast of what is now Israel.
Gat is known to be the place of origin of Goliath, the giant who was gunned down by David, who later became the King of Israel.
The new finds were in Tell es-Safi, a town where Gat was formerly, and they found that the ancient city was much larger than they believed, which would be related to the size of Goliath mentioned in the Bible.
The ruins show that the city was much larger than they previously estimated.
Aren Maeir, director of excavations and researcher at The University of Bar Ilán in Israel, stated for the Daily Mail that “the city was supposed to reach its large size between the 10th and 9th centuries BC.”
“Now it turns out that this city of the early Iron Age (11th century BC or older) could have been even bigger and more impressive,” he abounded.
Gat was about 50 hectares, twice the size of any other city at the time.
The fortifications were four meters wide and the walls in the region barely exceeded two meters.
The building blocks, which the Old Testament of the Holy Scriptures refer to, were also larger in Goliath’s time, almost two meters long. The later layers had blocks of only half a meter.
Researcher Maeir felt that the size of Gat and his monuments, much larger than those in other nearby places or those of times after the battle between David and Goliath, would have helped nurture legends on giants.