David's Secret Weapon

The real message of the battle with Goliath is not that the underdog wins, but that things are not always as they are seen.

From David against Goliath by Gebhard Fugel. Wikimedia.

From David against Goliath by Gebhard Fugel. Wikimedia.

Observation
Feb. 4 2016
About the author

Ido Hevroni, a scholar of the classics, is educational director of Shalem College in Jerusalem.


David’s battle with Goliath is among the Hebrew Bible’s best known stories. Even in 21st-century America, where biblical references no longer inform much speech or writing, the image of the scrappy young shepherd defeating the lumbering Philistine giant has not lost its grip—perhaps because of the deep-seated American fondness for underdogs.

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