Text of David and Goliath
1 Samuel 17 (NABRE): This is the text of the story in the New American Bible Revised Edition, a Catholic translation of the Bible with notes and cross-references.
David and Goliath in the Book of Samuel
The True Height of Goliath: The height of Goliath is a description of how big Goliath really was. This creates an illustration that helps readers to fully grasp the size and strength of Goliath compared to the average size of people. This blog is written by biblical scholar Deane Galbraith.
Not by Spear or Sword: Reflections on David and Goliath in Biblical Theology: This article from pastor David McDonald goes into the context of the story of David and Goliath. He discusses background to the story. This source is very informative and provides perspectives on the biblical story.
Did Saul Know David?: This article explains the question of whether Saul knew David prior to Goliath’s Death. The writer of the book of Samuel portrayed Saul as having ignorance of David after the death of Goliath. The article, written for apologetical purposes, provides explanations about the relationship between Saul and David. It is a good source that gives many examples directly from the Book of Samuel. This source has many citations at the conclusion of the article. It is well written and informative.
Videos and Sites for Kids
The Story of David and Goliath: This is a good resource for teaching children. It provides the most famous Bible quotation from the story of David and Goliath. It gives main points and, most importantly, highlights the themes of the biblical story. This resource comes from a Luthern site. It is not said who wrote the information but the criteria seems solid and, again, answers the questions.
God’s Story: David and Goliath: This video is more for younger viewers to understand that God sent a younger rescuer to free us all. It reminds us that God loves us and uses this video to explain the story of David and Goliath. This source can be catchy for a younger viewer but also has some glitches. Because the video is aimed for a younger crowd, there is less detail and a much broader storyline.
The Story of David and Goliath Animated Cartoon: This is an entertaining comic cartoon movie. This animated movie is very informative. This video is not completely reliable because it is vague in many aspects.
Malcolm Gladwell and David and Goliath
Why Malcolm Gladwell is Wrong about David and Goliath: This is based on the NPR podcast and the book by Malcom Gladwell. There has been much criticism on Malcom Gladwell’s perspective on the story of David and Goliath. This source attempts to prove his account wrong. This source goes into detail about what they think were details missed when categorizing David and Goliath as weak and strong. It kind of provokes the thought of what weak and strong really means. Was the fight as lopsided as they say?
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell–A Review: In this article, there is a review on the ideas that Gladwell had in his writing. It is a very good article to read, regarding interpretations of the strengths and weaknesses of both David and Goliath.
This list is compiled by: KW