15:33). Also, how many years did David kill Goliath? Only the NIV reads “after he had killed him, he cut off his head,” which is probably the translator’s attempt to harmonize v. 51 with v. 50. Goliath Challenges the Israelites. You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are.” A Prophet, a King, and a Deadly Plan . I don’t think anyone is going anywhere if that happens! 1 Samuel 17 KJV 49And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and … Bible Story: David Kills Goliath; Ref: 1 Samuel 17:1-51. The other word, ish, refers to an adult male. Goliath moved closer to attack but David ran to him, pulled a stone out of his pouch, and shot it at him. Jonathan, Sauls son who had become David's best friend. We tend to envision shepherds as the teenagers we associate with the Nativity, but in David’s time, shepherds were the biggest, toughest guys around. Thanks for your insights into the LXX rendering. Sometimes Hebrew uses the word “feet” as a euphemism to refer to the male genitals, but once again, that is not the word here. Here is the rest of what happened in Deem’s own words: “Thus the stone would hit the upper shin or knee and fall … This allows David the time to come over, pick up Goliath’s sword and cut his head off. If we see, go according to the physics law than “than Goliath would have fallen back, but he falls with the Facedown.” Here Goliath falls with his face down, and force was applied from the front, and he did not … It found a hole in the armor and sank into the giant's forehead. Yes, the knee may have been a much easier target for David than the head! Bible, Archaeology, Travel with Luke Chandler Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. That I believe is the supernatural strength of the God of the armies of Israel. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.” In this (fictional) story, Judah the son of Jacob kills a heavily armored Canaanite king by striking him in the greave (chopping off his feet is another translation). Yes Tammy, that’s what I’m saying. In the Bible, these individuals were capable warriors (1 Samuel 14:1-5) who fought on the battlefield (1 Samuel 31:4-5). With what did David kill Goliath? It is for these reasons that I believe the stone only incapacitated Goliath and David finished off the job with Goliath’s own sword. Goliath was 9 ft tall. The Roman writer Vegetius wrote that sling stones were more dangerous than arrows and could kill a man with blunt force trauma (Epitoma Rei Militaris 1.16). It has to do with placement of the blow and body weight. His enemies were lions and bears stealing the sheep from his fold. The protective coat worn by Goliath in his battle with David … Praise Jesus! Key Verse: If anyone remains joined to Me, and I to him, he will bear a lot of fruit. Goliath, the Gittite, is the most well known giant in the Bible. God had not promised that David would kill Goliath with the first stone. David is deadly. The writer does this to surprise the reader. For example, once Saul agreed to allow David to fight Goliath, we are told that he clothed him in his armor and gave him a bronze helmet (1 Sam. If you find Wong’s article it’s worth a read, in terms of demonstrating how the later context shows the weakness of each piece mentioned in vv. It looks like he kills them all except King Agag, who is later killed by Samuel (1 Sam. * Says David took the credit of Joab capturing Rabbah, as if he (David) did the capture (2 Sam 12: 26-31). The very armor that should have protected him, made him vulnerable! 5-7). This is how the term is used in extrabiblical literature as well. Ultimately, no theology is affected. The NIV translators don't know that David slew Goliath. Thanks for your input Bryan. How Did Little Boy David Kill Goliath With A Slingshot? He is described as 'a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, whose height was six cubits and a span' (Samuel 17:4). Revelation 22:18-19. Whether Goliath was hit in the knee (as I argue) or the forehead, he wasn’t dead until David used his own sword against him. How would David remove his sword with him still conscious? David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and KILLED HIM, and cut off his head with it. 8) seems best: Verse 50 is the narrator’s personal comment, stating that David “killed” Goliath (eventually) and anticipating “the death of Goliath which is not recorded until verse 51.” David did not kill Goliath with an Israelite sword (v.50); irony of ironies, he did it with Goliath’s own sword (v.51; cf. 12 Answers. Of course, that's the last thing David plans to do. I’ll talk more about this in a moment. Likely the patella would shatter. The only problem I have with it is your description of his armor weighing him down. The LXX actually translates this quite lose and adds through the helmet to Goliath being struck in the frontal. I believe the narrative, in that Goliath was struck in the front of the head, with a stone, and fell forward. Elhanan did (2 Sam. Look at the parallels with the Dagon statue falling before the Ark and loosing its head. This brings us to Saul’s description of David as a “youth.” This is understandable, given the fact that Saul is older and has sons that seem to be around David’s age. With no armor, David could strike at a distance and easily evade an opponent weighed down by a massive amount of equipment (vv. That may be true – I do know some words get mistranslated and then accepted as time goes forward; there is one thing I do know, thought- while David picked up the 5 stones, and slung one at Goliath, the power of God was behind that stone and it went exactly where God wanted it to go. So the Lord was with David in defeating the enemy. This thought stunned me, and so I had to go back and read the account carefully again. It didn’t apply to defending self or fellow Israelites. How did David kill Goliath? Second, and most important, imagine a stone flying at your knee at 60 mph and embedding itself in your knee. Probably not. ( Log Out / I came to the same conclusion for a paper I did for Herb Wolf at Wheaton Grad School in 1985. Thinking about a stone going 60-100mph at a knee. I think its probably seriously broken at that point. Saul’s argument to David. Goliath could easily kill David with his sword--but only if David were foolish enough to walk right up to Goliath. 17:47). David’s decision to use a sling and wear no armor was a genius tactical decision. Hebrew narrative is also famous for giving certain facts, but later on revealing that there is “more to the story.” So, for example, in 2 Samuel 9 David is looking for a surviving descendant of the house of Saul and Mephibosheth is brought to his attention. This comes from Ronald Youngblood’s commentary on 1&2 Samuel in the Expositor’s Bible Commentary (revised edition, p. 185). The author describes David as a soldier before his encounter with Goliath. It would serve him right! Biblical Archaeology Review David did not kill Goliath in a city, but rather in a field known as the Valley of Elah. Is that what you’re trying to say? And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.” Was it with the stone from his sling or with the sword when he cut off his head? I’m sorry I’m not insulting you. It sounds like a wonderful opportunity. KJV In this article Deem argues that the Hebrew word for “greaves” in 1 Samuel 17:6 is the same as the word for “forehead” in 1 Samuel 17:49. Fokkelman notes that the same Hebrew word is used in v. 50 and 51 to describe David’s killing of Goliath. God bless. Second, the brief glimpse of David in the king’s armor prefigures his royal destiny. As Goliath approached wearing his heavy armor, David recognized a vulnerable place in the big man’s attire. Fokkelman argues that “This Hebrew word means ‘front’ and thus is less specific than ‘forehead'” (p. 32). And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.” There is one more piece of evidence that further backs this interpretation. It is certainly food for thought. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Several years ago I had the opportunity to speak at an NBA pre-game chapel between the Washington Bullets and Cleveland Cavaliers. David then took Goliath's sword, killed him and cut off his head. ("There was no sword in the had of David.") If this is so, it is further evidence that David killed Goliath by striking him in the knee with a stone and finished the job by cutting off his head. http://bible.com/111/1sa.17.51.niv, ISR98 The point is that the biblical author carefully chose each word to describe Goliath’s armor and weapons, in order to demonstrate the ineffectiveness of each later in the story. As he was very skilled with the sling. He didn’t. The fifth item are the greaves (leg protectors). As far as the “like pigs” interpretation, I am unfamiliar with this. A thought: Some scholars (Dempster, Gentry) argue that the stone in Daniel 2 should be seen as Davidic and therefore messianic (the Son of Man in Dan 7 helps their case). “Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. It’s actually surprising how many pictures show Goliath falling backwards when the story clearly says he fell face down! Where are you seeing that Goliath was killed by having his head cut off?,.. Second Samuel 21:15–17 … Thank you! 2 Kings 3:25; 2 Chronicles 12:2). While the LXX was translated many years after the events that took place, it lends more credence for Jewish understanding of the story than the psuedepigraphal Testament of Judah. David drops Goliath on his face to prostrate him before YHWH. Anyways, how did David defeat Goliath? David’s decision to use a sling and wear no armor was a genius tactical decision. This term appears over 150 times in the Hebrew Bible and describes military heroes or champions. It would seem that the animals David had faced were far braver than the men with Goliath, because they all turned and ran away (1 Samuel 17:51). Saul’s reaction to David’s offer is telling. I guess if Goliath really did wear 126 pounds of armor, and of course, his own body weight would have been a lot more than that, it would take a lot more than a 60 mph projectile to reverse his momentum as he lumbered forward to attack. This interpretation, then, suggests that David’s stone did not hit Goliath in the forehead, but in the greave, or knee area! Thanks for your comment! Read Later ; Print. This is what I believe is happening here. These are the same items found in the description of Goliath’s armor (same Hebrew words). I have always taken it that David actually killed Goliath with Goliaths sword. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Funny how you can subconsciously remember details you picked up from drawings/paintings that aren’t actually in the text! Here is the chiasm of these verses according to Fokkelman: Later, in the Roman Republic, men would be called away from their farms to serve as soldiers, then return home to their lives as farmers after their military obligations concluded. But it doesn’t. Goliath Challenges the Israelites. Of course a lot of this is speculation without ay of the ballistics info. We were both completely ignorant of most of those details you pointed out. (Check it out on google.) Numbers 1:3, 45; 26:2), not a little shepherd boy. 17:49–in fact, it says it twice! If we interpret David’s description properly, we see that he is a young soldier of military age (at least 20, cf. But if I win and kill him, you will become our slaves and serve us.\" Goliath continued, \"This very day I dare the soldiers of Israel to send a man down to fight against me.\" - 1 Sam… First, the LXX translators used two different terms for greaves and forehead. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Even Goliath himself thought David was going to fight him in hand to hand combat because it says that Goliath said to David “Do you think that I am a dog that you come at me with a stick?” This, however, is unlikely. He knocked them unconscious with stone from a sling and then went to get the sheep out of their mouth but if they woke up he grabbed them by the hair and fatally struck them with his staff. How Many Times Did David Kill Goliath? Great article, Professor Randy. While we have to allow art to be art and recognize that not every artist is going for a literal representation of the actual story, I am often struck by how many artistic renderings get the basic facts wrong. What most may not realize is that this is a somewhat inaccurate translation that contradicts other descriptions of David in the same chapter. I finished graduate school at ACU in 1985. Modern soldiers in the U.S. military carry more weight on their backs in a ruck sack than a complete set of armor weighed from the 16th century. In ( 1 Samuel 17:42 ) says David was a young boy and of short height, so it was very difficult for him to kill. These weapons included a bronze javelin (some would say that “scimitar” is a better translation), and a large spear with a shaft the size of a “weaver’s beam,” that included an iron tipped head weighing 15.1 pounds (6.85 kg.)! Who did Saul say David could marry? But how can a “greave” be a “forehead”? Another example is when Saul is commanded to destroy all the Amalekites (1 Sam. Scripture gives us stronger clues regarding David’s age when he fought Goliath. The killing of Goliath occurred when he was beheaded. Why did Saul become jealous of David? I enjoyed this article, and it was an interesting thought that David hit Goliath in the knee instead of the forehead. I hope this is helpful, for at least understanding my reading of the text. ( Log Out / This is a really cool blog. How did David kill Goliath again? That’s a personal opinion though & I know those don’t mean squat. Because David was a shepherd and not a soldier, he had a different experience of dealing with enemies. 50-51 contain a chiastic structure. We must be close in age. Instead, Saul said, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth ” (1 Samuel 17:33). I think the translators of the Bible can discern the difference between the forehead and the shin of a person. Jeremiah 3:3 — God says Judah has the “forehead” of a whore and refuses to be ashamed I appreciate the info on the LXX, I hadn’t checked that out. Reading the comments of those who responded to your drivel, I am saddened and angered by what has happened. Even individuals with only a nodding acquaintance of the Bible are aware of how Goliath died: “David killed the giant with a sling and a stone, of course.” Indeed, that is what 1 Samuel 17:48-50 indicates: David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. Joined: Jun 15, 2014 Messages: 9,449 Likes Received: 1,681 Faith: Baptist. The height of Goliath, the nature of the Battle as a Champion Ordeal, etc.. However, it is clear, not only in Scripture that pork is an unclean food, but archaeology confirms over and over again that ancient Israelites did not consume pork. In fact, many paintings (or drawings) focus in on the moment of how David killed Goliath. She said it hurts worse than childbirth. Why did Saul become jealous of David? So how exactly did David kill Goliath? Change ). Here’s how it reads in the ESV. And as he [David] talked with them [his brethren], behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the ranks of the Philistines, and spoke according to the same words; and David heard them.And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were … What happens when we have unquestionable passages? Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 Next > Reynolds Well-Known Member. Thanks for your thoughts Beth. Thanks for the article – I always love to be challenged in what I believe to be true- if I can’t have faith in God when my opinions and theology get questioned, I’m not much of a Christian. What was perceived to be Goliath’s greatest strengths turned out to be his greatest weaknesses. He beheaded Goliath and took his weapons as trophies. David had to fight Goliath (and thankfully God used the fight to bring David to prominence) because the people of Israel accepted the PREMISE that Goliath had thrown out instead of determining for themselves what should be done. Are we willing to delve into the Hebrew (or Greek) for these passages to understand what they really mean? Bible Places 3. 1Samuel 17:49 — referring to Goliath being hit by David with a stone 1. First, consider the weight of Goliath’s armor. It seems like this is the only survivor of Saul’s house, but later on we read that he had other sons and grandsons who were delivered over to the Gibeonites for judgment (2 Sam. How old was David when he fought Goliath? Merab, Saul's daughter. 2Chronicles 26:19, 20 (2 times) — about when King Uzziah entered the temple and leprosy broke out on his “forehead” https://biblearchaeology.org/research/judges-united-monarchy/4605-david-mighty-warrior-or-fairy-tale-hero, How Did Little Boy David Kill Goliath With A Slingshot? He is a capable and intelligent young soldier who surprises his opponent through his unconventional choice of weapons. The NIV translators don't know that David slew Goliath. Just a note: After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. Whatever the actual facts are we will probably never know for sure, but it’s interesting to talk about the meaning of the text and to have good discussion back and forth. So how did little boy David kill Goliath with a slingshot? — Looking at All Things Biblically – Jason Bible Church Member. The story of David rise to power is very political. Another Elhanan, the son of Jair, slew Lachmi, who was a brother of a Goliath (1 Chronicles). ''And behold, David poppeth the holy cap in the evil posterior of the giant Goliath. — Looking at All Things Biblically – Jason Bible Church Member. Very true observation Jimmy, about the difference in height. Jews and Greeks in the First Century A.D. Bible, Archaeology, Travel with Luke Chandler, Clothing in Samuel: You Are What You Wear. Because David was becoming more popular than him. David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. The big issue is a defective spelling of the word Frontal and if you look closer at the grammatical issues you will see the problems. I can imagine how much damage a carefully aimed sling stone traveling at 100mph would inflict to a knee (never mind one that is guided by the Lord!). This article merely seeks to suggest another possibility based on the Hebrew. Did David Really Kill Goliath? But there was no sword in the hand of David. Goliath was a tall, well equipped and experienced warrior. Also, how many years did David kill Goliath? Hebrew narrative frequently summarizes an event and then proceeds to add further details. What the chiasm helps to make clear is that B and B’ are parallels with B’ adding additional information about how David finished off Goliath. If there was any defect in a piece of armors ability to protect, it was quickly remidied. David finished the job more quickly by using Goliath’s sword afterward. The apology also explains away the negatives about David which were likely circulating at the time (why David fled Saul, why he served King Achish of Gath, why David did not attend Saul's defeat by the Philistines, how David did not kill Abiathar or Ishbosheth, and so on). After going over these verses, trying to see if “knee” would fit, I’m leaning toward “forehead” as the better translation. Some good observations Paul. Sep 11, 2020 • 1 min read. In his monumental biography of David, accomplished biblical scholar Baruch Halpern describes him as a “mere youth” and “delicate little amateur.” Alexander Rofé claims that David was a “lowly youth who makes an ideal fairy-tale hero.” So, how did this little boy kill Goliath? We can do this over and over with questionable passages, hoping to arrive at a reasonable answer. 17:39). Randy. How many indepth descriptions do we have of Abraham, David, Hannah, Mary, Jesus, or Paul (to name only a few)? When David finally came face to face with Goliath, he declared: 45 “…You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. The Bible Project I believe it was God’s hand that directed the stone towards his forehead. If you google “greek helmets” as I have, you will be even more impressed with the protection offered to the wearer of one of these! Two of the weapons he carried are also mentioned. I wasn’t aware that this weapon existed but this was a fun experiment that made me look at the story of David and Goliath in a new light. With no armor, David could strike at a distance and easily evade an opponent weighed down by a massive amount of equipment (vv. Hollywood and such media has given the modern age a very inaccurate view of armor and how it functioned. And Goliath did fall and his bitces did … As another commenter said, if the helmet didn’t fit exactly right, or because of the angle, it could have hit Goliath in the temple- that’s also a pretty good place to hit someone if you want to knock them down. Soldiers had to have maneuverability and speed when fighting, and they could not afford to let anything slow them down. The biblical narrator spends a great deal of time describing Goliath’s appearance. The thought/prospect of David hitting Goliath in the “knee” vs. the “head” is not merely provocative for the purpose of further study/discussion, it also adds an irony to the story that I had never considered before: that David (quite possibly) brought down all 9′ 9″ of the hulking Goliath, not with a divinely guided stone to the head, but with one to the knee cap — which may have been level with David’s sight line. The tale of the famous giant-slayer and second king of the Israelites, according to the Hebrew Bible, starts with the slaughter of a tribe – women and men, children and all. A soldier from the 16th century, when armor was at its peak and heaviest, could fall off a horse fully armored and spring to his feet in the next step ready to fight. Happened to my mom. Once with a stone. You have led many astray, or at least planted the seeds of doubt in many weaker-minded Christians as to the Truth of Scripture, and at the end of days this is a sin for which God must and will hold you accountable. Your email address will not be published. 17:11). They actually believe this hogwash. Furthermore, 2 Samuel 21:19 says Goliath was slain in the valley of Gob, and we know for certain David fought Goliath in the Valley of Elah. It stretches credibility that an elite warrior of any era would lay there meekly with a damaged leg while his opponent takes his weapon and kills him with it. https://www.biblestudywithrandy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/10-The-Savior_The-Lord-Almighty-Reigns.m4a. This contributes to the theological theme of the story so eloquently expressed by David when he states, “Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands” (NKJV–1 Sam. For simply “chain” maille it is on the heavy side. “Then Dawiḏ ran and stood over the Philistine, and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. Absalom's Hair, or, Give Me a Head With Hair! Lv 5. Hi Bill, God bless! It’s difficult to believe they would fall “face down” as the biblical text states (v. 49). Note: Unfortunately, I was unable to find a copy of Deem’s or Wong’s articles available on the internet. Also, as impossible as it sounds, if a smooth round stone, travelling at 60mph, can penetrate a man’s skull, it was very well do it through a helmet too. David’s rejection of Saul’s armor is significant for a number of reasons. Regarding the text saying Goliath was killed twice, another commenter asked this question and I went into detail to provide an answer. However, the Hebrew word is the word for “forehead” but it is written like the word for greaves and thus is a wordplay perhaps suggesting Goliath got hit in the knee. Tash and I both loved this one (she read it first and wanted to talk about it all). I love your argument but I felt the greatness of God was left out in this whole discussion. 1 The Philistines gathered for battle in Socoh, a town in Judah; they camped at a place called Ephes Dammim, between Socoh and Azekah. Matthew 23:15, “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. How did David kill Goliath? Ezekiel 9:4 — God tells the angel to mark on the “foreheads” all the people who groan over the evil in Jerusalem. I would suggest the text strongly suggests and common sense would require that Goliath was either unconscious or completely incapacitated when he hit the ground. I would argue that these paintings get at least 3 things wrong. In this account, the shepherd David persuades Saul to let him fight Goliath on behalf of the Israelites. Excellent article, Randy. I haven’t torn any knee ligaments myself, but I’ve heard that a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament produces excruciating pain, rendering the victim completely incapacitated as he writhes in agony. The Assyrians used groups of slingers in war, as did the Israelites (Judges 20:15-16). Thanks for your comments Al. He invoked Gods name covenant the stone them meet its target. If there is a modern-day Goliath to be defeated, it is that of false teaching and apostate teachers who would attempt to cast doubt on the inerrancy of the Word of God and therefore on God Himself. Since the Philistines were a Greek people, it’s possible that Goliath’s helmet had a construction similar to that worn by ancient Greek peoples. We all know the story of David and Goliath very well. ... David declared he would kill Goliath in the name of the Lord. Hi Lindsay, We have to delve into the Hebrew to understand the shades of meaning. The Hebrew text (Jewish Publication Society translation) also says: 1 Sam 17:4, 23-24And there went out a champion from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. Saul and Abner and all the Israelite soldiers only thought of fighting Goliath in hand to hand combat. 3.  For more detailed information, see Dewayne Bryant, “David: Mighty Warrior or Fairy-Tale Hero.” Online: https://biblearchaeology.org/research/judges-united-monarchy/4605-david-mighty-warrior-or-fairy-tale-hero. David proceeded to hurry over and finish the task by cutting off Goliath’s head with his own sword (we know the stone didn’t kill him because 1 Sam. Here the author states that David enters Saul’s service as an armor-bearer (v. 21). B’ He dispatched him and cut off his head The young David became a champion in the fight because of his great trust in God’s power. 15). So, if I haven’t lost you yet, please read the following arguments and then judge for yourself how you think David killed Goliath. This would seem to do away with all Amalekites, but in 1 Samuel 27:8 and 1 Samuel 30, we learn there are many more! Chapter 1 tells of their creation & then in Chapter 2, it goes into more detail about how they were created. Just think about it. Isaiah 48:4 — God said Israel’s neck is an iron sinew and his “forehead” brass Besides Goliath’s height (9’9″ according to the Hebrew text; 6’9″ according to the Septuagint), the writer describes 3 pieces of his armor. In his account of his battle with Hittite forces at Kadesh in 1274 BC, pharaoh Ramesses II states that a contingent of warriors called ne`arin (Hebrew plural, na`arim) saved the Egyptian army from certain defeat. Based on your recollection of the David and Goliath story, can you tell what is wrong with the paintings on the right? Associates for Biblical Research. C’ He grasped his sword and drew it from its scabbard The fact is that armor was created to help and protect the wearer in any way possible and not to hinder or to slow them down. Despite what Hollywood would have us believe, someone struck down by a projectile (e.g. Therefore, this suggests that there was an ancient Jewish tradition that David had struck Goliath in the greave. You’ll have to tell me more about your NBA experience that day. Thanks for the comment Howard. If Time Travel Existed, He’d Murder Jesus, The Top Ten Passages in the Qur’an, Part 4, The Top Ten Passages in the Qur’an, Part 3, The Top Ten Passages in the Qur’an, Part 2, The Top Ten Passages in the Qur’an, Part 1, The Difference Between Righteous and Sinful Anger, Working Toward Peace Through Understanding, Scientific Foreknowledge - Not (Quite) All It's Cracked Up to Be, Follow Looking at All Things Biblically on WordPress.com. 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