Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle. And they were gathered at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim. And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered, and encamped in the Valley of Elah, and drew up in line of battle against the Philistines. And the Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with a valley between them. And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. (1 Sam 17:1-4)
Enjoy a close look at one of the world’s most famous battlegrounds, the Elah Valley where David killed the Philistine Goliath. It’s smaller than we often assume. Luke Chandler explains how we know where the battle happened. Envision the details of the battle as you view the battle zone on a slope by Khirbet Qeiyafa, the ancient border fortress built in the same general period—around 3,000 years ago.