October 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

(Daniel 4:25)
" ... and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will."


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Did Goliath have a Gland Disorder?

(It is amazing how ignorant smart people can be - editor)

(Reuters-Jerusalem) - The biblical tale of David slaying Goliath is the grand archetype of giant-killer imagery, but new research suggests that those who believe David was the underdog might be wrong.

An Israeli neurologist said that after years of studying the biblical account, he has determined that Goliath suffered from a hormonal disease that put him at a disadvantage against the slingshot-wielding David.

The duel between the brave young David, fated to become a legendary king of Israel, and the Philistine giant has come to symbolize the victory of the weak over the strong - celebrated in art, poetry, and, in particular, sports writing.

"It was a miracle that such a small and young shepherd could defeat Goliath in battle," said Vladimir Berginer, a professor of neurology at Ben-Gurion University here.  "But now i have found an explanation for it."

Mr. Berginer said Goliath, who the Old Testament indicates was about three meters (10 feet) tall, suffered from a disease of the pituitary gland called acromegaly. The condition has been commonly associated with gigantism since its discovery in the 19th century.

"This is the only disease where sufferers can grow to such a height," Mr. Berginer said.

He said Goliath had an advanced form of the illness, causing a tumor to swell against an optic nerve and damaging his vision.

"I'm sure that from time to time, Goliath did not see David because in the Bible it was written a few times that Goliath was very slow, but David ran," Mr. Berginer said.

The shepherd boy was darting and feinting so much that the visually challenged giant "did not see David and was unprepared for the fatal stone."

Mr. Berginer said David's celebrated slingshot strike did not actually kill Goliath but damaged his skull. David was then able to approach the unconscious giant and hack off his head with a sword.

The professor has submitted his findings for publication in the "Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry" of London.

(So now you know! This scientist has been able to determine the health of someone who lived thousands of years ago just by the biblical account.  The Bible just isn't correct in what it says according to Mr. Berginer. Maybe his name should be changed to 'beginner'. It seems that anything is up for grabs when someone wants to promote themselves, and it certainly looks like the case here - Editor.)

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