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Where Did They Put Goliath's Body?

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Ann Dougherty answered
That is a really good question.

In 1 Samuel chapter 18 we are told that, after Goliath had been felled by David's slingstone, David ran up and cut off his head with Goliath's own sword. The Philistine army panicked and fled, pursued by the Israelites as far as the gates of the Philistine cities of Gath and Ekron. Verse 52 tells us that the Philistine dead were scatted all along the road from the site of the battle to the gates of these two cities. So Goliath's would have been one body among many, indistinguishable from the others apart from its height and the fact that it was decapitated.

We are also told that David took Goliath's head back to Jerusalem, where presumably it was set up on a stake at the city gate or something. David also kept Goliath's weapons as trophies of war, but apparently did not strip him of his armor. Later Goliath's sword found its way to the Tabernacle, possibly dedicated to God by David. Ahimelech, the Priest, gave it back to David when he fled from Saul, 1 Samuel ch 21 vs 9.

The Bible says almost nothing about how the Israelites disposed of their enemy dead. We do know that they used to count them by cutting off a hand from each man, or sometimes the penis! And then counting them. Armour and any weapons found with dead enemies were regarded as spoils of war. As David did not take Goliath's armour, presumeably one of the ordinary Israelite soldiers stripped him and took it.

It is unlikely that Goliath's, or any one else's body would have just been left to rot in the sun. Israelite bodies were probably claimed by their families, and it is possible that the Israelites would have allowed the Philistines to recover their own dead, under strict supervision, of course, once they had been stripped of anything of value. In this case, the bodies would be buried by each person's family.

One might think with that amount of carnage, that the simplest method of disposal would be to pile the bodies in heaps and burn them, but there is no record of that. In fact, it is implied, though not directly stated, that the Israelites buried their fallen enemies' bodies if there was no-one else to do it.

So Locke is probably right. The likelihood is that Goliath was buried in a very big grave!
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The body was most likely left for the buzzards /birds/animals to eat and the head of goliath was taken back the hill known and golgoltha after being displayed for everyone to see and buried thus giving the name of the hill its name the hill of the skull...that's my 2 cents..also happens to be the place at which Jesus was crucified...
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There is a tradition dating back to the 6th century from the “Journey of Antoninus" that the grave of Goliath is on road 375 which is the route in the ancient world that was traveled to go to Jerusalem. Of course then it was not known as road 375. Antoninus writes that pilgrims who traveled to Jerusalem would throw rocks on the grave of Goliath (as a sign of disrespect) as they passed his grave. There is a large mound which is made up of all rocks on rd. 375 next to a sign that says "Hanot's Ruin". There is also the remains of a Byzantine church at the site. Considering that this tradition is about 1500 years old, that is probably the best you will get!
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Lin potfog answered
KJV > 1 Samuel 17 v 4 ,Goliath of Gath was six cubits and a span , a cubit = 1'5" , a span=9" = appox. 9' 3" tall .
Also Daivd did take Goliath's head to Jerusalem , it was a custom to place the enemies heads on a pole at the city gates for ALL to see....also 1 Samuel 17 v. 54 says David put Goliath's armour in his tent...the bible does not expound any futher on what happened to the head or armour , which may have been given to the Tabernacle. So people can only guess .
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Anonymous answered
In a really, really big grave.
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They  might have put in a big grave like the others said but what I really want to know is did any person living today find his body. That is true he had to be buried  in a big grave because Whew! 9 feet tall.
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In a huge grave like he said because he was 9 feet tall. That or they just left his body for the birds to eat on.
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I recently got an e-mail for Goliath's body, it's HUGE! If you look at the body compared to the archaeologist standing by him, theres NO comparison! Lol

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