A Discussion with Bible Unboxed’s Lachlan on Elhanan and Goliath

In case you’ve never seen the Bible Unboxed channel on YouTube, it’s created by an up-and-coming Australian scholar named Lachlan who covers a variety of Bible-related topics much like I do. For his latest video, he graciously asked me to chat with him about David, Elhanan, Goliath and what it means when Bible stories contradict each other.

A longer version of our conversation without the flashy graphics can also be seen here. I think the highlight is around the 18 minute mark where we discuss weaver’s beams and why they’re important to the Legend of Elhanan.

For general background, see my earlier article on David and Goliath.

6 thoughts on “A Discussion with Bible Unboxed’s Lachlan on Elhanan and Goliath

  1. A longer version of our conversation without the flashy graphics can also be seen here.

    Was it intentional or coincidental that in discussing a story that has both a long version (MT) and short version (LXX), there is both an abridged and unabridged video version too? 😉 I infer from a comment in your 2014 article about D&G that you think that the LXX translators of 1 Samuel 16-18 were translating from a Hebrew manuscript that was “missing” the material in the MT which creates the doublets and inconsistencies, rather than that the translators excised those verses to remove inconsistencies. Is this still your view? In the article, you cite an article by Emanuel Tov in which he makes the case that this is what best accounts for the shorter LXX version: http://www.emanueltov.info/docs/papers/23.1%20Sam17.1999.pdf
    (I’m reproducing the link for the benefit of anyone who didn’t see the article; it’s definitely worth reading.) In the video, Lachlan asked why the tradition that Elhanan was allowed to stay in Samuel even after his exploit was appropriated by the better-known David. Really, the fact that two separate versions of the *entire* David-and-Goliath story were allowed to stand, tensions and all, testifies to the mindset of the scribes regarding the handling of conflicting traditions when each was considered important.

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    • Yeah, it makes the most sense to me that the LXX translators were working from a Hebrew manuscript that didn’t have those missing portions. This appears to be the majority position, although there are a few scholars who think the LXX removed those portions.


  2. It’s interesting how textual versions of Biblical books can tell us a lot about the development of the text itself and how they were ordered. For example Kipp Davis in his series discussing the DSSs gives out this little known fact about the famous Great Isaiah Scroll (link here: https://youtu.be/qH-9byDf7p8?t=1032).

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