Was The Biblical Goliath The Real Underdog?

I watched a very cool video yesterday about the biblical story of David and Goliath. Here’s what it says in the description box of the video:

It’s a classic underdog tale: David, a young shepherd armed only with a sling, beats Goliath, the mighty warrior. The story has transcended its biblical origins to become a common shorthand for unlikely victory. But, asks Malcolm Gladwell, is that really what the David and Goliath story is about?

I found it extremely interesting. I’d heard the hypothesis that the real Goiath might have been sick with Gigantism before, but it never occurred to me that Goliath might very well have been the underdog in the story, instead of the other way around.

Once you think about it, it makes sense.

Food for thought, I guess. Watch the video and let me know what you think. I hope you find it as interesting as I did.




  1. I have not thought much about this story although it always struck me as a but weird. A king letting a sheppard fight a warrior? Personally, I am now of the opinion that it is just another made up tale in the Bible. For the simple reason that it makes no rational sense.

  2. It might very well be another made up story.

    However, that's the interesting part – it wouldn't have just been a farmer boy. He was a slinger, which was the backbone of any army back then. Often, slingers determined whether you won or not. They were the artillery.

    A sling from that distance would have been incredibly powerful and accurate. Slingers could hit birds out of the sky with one shot. If Goliath was truly nearly blind, he was a sitting duck.

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