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the cities of the plateau, the whole of Gilead and Bashan, in the kingdom of Og. Verse 11 reads: Indeed, only Og lived (survived) among the Rephaìms. There was his bed, a bed of iron, nine cubits long and four cubits wide. Knowing that a cubit measured the distance from the elbow to the fingertips (i.e. about 21 inches), we have here a bed of roughly 15 feet long and 7 feet 66

wide! It is noted that this bed, at the time of the story, was still in the Ammonites' territory of Rabbat. Obviously, you could still see it. David and Goliath The first book of Samuel contains the story of one of the most popular stories even in religious literature for children: the story of David and Goliath. The text tells one of many clashes between Israelites and Philistines in the battle for the leadership of Canaan. In the new Italian version from the original texts of the Bible – Nuovissima Versione dai testi originali (Edit. San Paolo) we read (1 Sam 17:1-11, translation from Italian): The Philistines gathered their forces for the war: they met in Soco in Judah, and camped between Soco and Azekah to Efes-dammim. Saul and the men of Israel assembled and camped in the Valley of Elah and drew up in battle against the Philistines [...]. From the camp of the Philistines, a warrior named Goliath of Gath left [...] he stopped and shouting to the ranks of Israel, said to them: “Why are you leaving for the battle? [...] Choose a man who takes the field with me! If he has the strength to fight with me and beats me, then we will be your slaves, but, if I prevail upon him and beat him, you shall be our slaves and serve us” [...] Saul and the whole Israel were dismayed and had great fear. The Philistine terrorized the Jews, and were constantly challenging them to such duels. After forty days the young shepherd David accepts the challenge and manages to defeat his antagonist: He first knocks him with a stone thrown by a sling and then decapitates him by using the Philistine's own sword. This Goliath of Gath was able to strike terror because (1Sam 17:4): His height was six cubits and one palm 67

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