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      Loz
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      David & Goliath: The Valley of Elah

      Sergio & Rhoda in Israel

      Aug 16, 2020

      Recent discoveries make it possible to pinpoint the location of the Valley of Elah, where David slew Goliath. In this incredible journey, we head to the valley for the first time in our lives. In the episode, we will answer the questions we always had about this story: Why didn’t the armies attack each other and instead resort to a man-on-man battle? How could David sling a stone so accurately and not miss? And how could the Israelites hear Goliath when they were a valley apart?

      In this episode, we will explore Khirbet Qeiyafa, a fortified city on top of the hill that overlooks the Valley of Elah. This place is believed to be the Shaaraim mentioned in this Biblical account. Then we will go to the river where David possibly picked the 5 smooth stones from, and explore its topology to better understand why neither army attacked each other. We will try slinging the stones with our own DIY slingshot, similar to the shepherd’s slingshot that David would have had. Then we will perform a sound test: One of us will stand on top of the mountain while the other will scream as Goliath would have from the middle of the valley; and we will see if we can hear each other as the Biblical account says they did. And as a bonus, we will share with you a recent theological discovery in this account that was hidden for a thousand years!

      So join us on this adventure as we seek to find the answers about David and Goliath at the Valley of Elah!

      SuperiorWord Sermon links:
      1. David and Goliath, The Valley of Elah, Part 1 — http://superiorword.org/1-samuel-sermons/
      2. David and Goliath, The Valley of Elah, Part 2 — Available on Aug 23
      3. David and Goliath, The Valley of Elah, Part 3 — Available on Aug 30
      4. David and Goliath, The Valley of Elah, Part 4 — Available on Sep 6
      5. David and Goliath, The Valley of Elah, Part 5 — Available on Sep 13

      Season 4, Episode 6 (S04E06)
      00:00 Intro
      02:22 Arrival
      03:43 60-Second Recap
      05:13 Shaaraim (Khirbet Qeiyafa)
      11:00 Valley of Elah
      12:35 The River
      16:22 DIY Slingshot
      19:40 Goliath Voice Test
      23:47 Hidden Pictures
      26:38 Conclusion

      Copyright Notices:
      — Judea in springtime footages by Peter Haworth (https://pvholyland.wixsite.com/israel2020)
      — The original illustrations are the copyright of Sweet Publishing and these digitally adjusted compilations of them the copyright of FreeBibleimages
      — Ostracon image by Khirbet Qeiyafa Exhibition in Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem, Israel.
      — Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
      — Information snapshots from Wikipedia.org — Maps by Google Mapshttps://pvholyland.wixsite.com/israel2020

      “Fair Use For Education and Discussion Purposes”

      Loz :]

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