Mourning Goliath: An Editorial from the Philistine Times

A recent archeological discovery of a large basalt stone at Tel-es-Safi in Judah, dating from the middle of the 9th century B.C., contains what appears to be an editorial from the Philistine Times. Known as the Moabite Stone II, it has been translated from the Phoenician by Avraham Klein and Nasim Shephelah.


Today is a day of mourning. We lament the passing of our hero and champion, Goliath of the holy city of Gath, on the bloody field of Shocoth. He was a man worthy of a great people, admired for his valor, innocence, and willingness to die in the defense of the state. He will be remembered as a glorious martyr for the cause and will serve as an ideal to be emulated by future generations of brave young Philistines.

Standing only six feet nine inches tall, he fearlessly stepped forward, challenging the Israelites to send a warrior against him in single combat. Characteristically, the Israelites wavered for forty days, unable to muster the courage to engage in a fair contest until they could manipulate the situation to their advantage. Need we remind our readers that the Israelitic response, when it finally did come, was entirely disproportionate, sending a vicious killer like David against the gentle and selfless Goliath? Were we not ready to live in peace with the Israelites would they have merely disarmed and trusted our beneficence? We call upon the community of nations to raise a collective voice against the perpetration of such massacres as we saw on the field of Shocoth.

For the purpose of this belligerent and expansionist tribe is evident to all: to attack peace-loving Philistia, crush the conciliatory Moabites, exterminate Amnon and Cush, both renowned for their tranquility and repeated diplomatic initiatives, and ultimately to wipe the temperate kingdom of Assyria off the face of the earth. The agenda of this vile blot upon the visage of humanity is transparent: to establish a Greater Israel extending to the very ends of the known world.