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Apparent Bible Contradictions
How many sons did Goliath have?
Posted By: Adam Engesath on 1/16/08
2 Samuel 21:19 And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.
2 Samuel 21:22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.
In verse 22 it says that "These four were born to the giant in Gath," but in verse 19 it describes one of the four men as "the brother of Goliath the Gittite." Did Goliath have 4 sons or just 3 sons and 1 brother?
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Posted By: ozark on 4/29/08
The key to understanding this, I believe is found in verse 22. "These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants" Of those sons of the giant listed between verses 15 and 21, none were slain by David. So it would seem that Goliath is also a son of the giant. Making him a brother to the others.
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