Look who’s laughing now.

Better than getting hit in the head with a sharp rock.

Lithograph of David and Goliath’s famous battle by Osmar Schindler (Image: Pen News)

David, an Israelite, defeated Goliath, a Philistine giant, in single combat in one of the most famous episodes of the Bible.

For years, learned men have criticized the biblical account of David and Goliath.  Besides denying the historicity of the event, they could not come to terms with the common analogy invoked when a seemingly weaker combatant defeated one clearly superior.

But hold the phone, after a few thousand years and more than two decades of active digging, guess who’s looking like a Philistine now.

Archaeologists excavating Goliath’s hometown, Gath, have unearthed a new layer of ruins dating back to the time of the biblical battle – and they’re unusually large.  Excavation director Aren Maeir, of Bar Ilan University in Israel, said the discovery came as a surprise after 23 years.

He said: “We now know the size and impressive nature of the early Iron Age city is quite different than previously thought. It was assumed the city reached its large size during the 10th and 9th century BC.  It now appears that the early Iron Age city – 11th century BC and perhaps before – may have been even bigger and more impressive.  This is a surprise of sort after 23 years of excavations at the site.”

Scientists, though, are clinging to their faith – even though it’s a faith in non-faith – and are not apparently disconcerted by scientific evidence that contradicts their worldview.  One scholar noted, “these Christian fanatics will cling to their God and their guns even when objective scientific reality supports their position.  We’re too smart for that!”

Another archeologist didn’t seem quite so sure of himself, “Yeah, it seems like David really was a guy who knew how to get a head.”

“Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini” — King David / Painting of David with the Head of Goliath by Caravaggio circa 1610