David And Goliath – The young shepherd kills the Philistine giant in the Valley of Elah

A long, shallow valley in Israel, best known as the place described in the Old Testament where the Israelites were encamped when David fought Goliath.

Israelites are facing the Philistines in the Valley of Elah. Twice a day for 40 days, morning and evening, Goliath, the champion of the Philistines, comes out between the lines and challenges the Israelites to send out a champion of their own to decide the outcome in single combat. David accepts the challenge.

The Valley of Elah, best known as the place described in the Old Testament (1 Samuel 17:2, 19) / Image source

David and Goliath confront each other, Goliath with his armor and javelin, David with his staff and sling. David hurls a stone from his sling and hits Goliath in the center of his forehead, Goliath falls on his face to the ground, and David cuts off his head. The Philistines flee and are pursued by the Israelite.

David and Goliath, a color lithograph by Osmar Schindler

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