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Q&A#34 Should We Read the Story of David and Goliath Primarily as an Underdog Narrative?

Alastair Roberts

Q&A#34 Should We Read the Story of David and Goliath Primarily as an Underdog Narrative?

August 30, 2018
Alastair Roberts
Alastair Roberts

Today's question: "Was David’s victory over Goliath a miracle? Was he really an underdog or was this a case of misperception as to who was the favorite? We know it is not uncommon for smaller people to defeat larger people in fights."

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