Malcolm Gladwell addresses the biblical story of David and Goliath found in 1 Samuel 17.
In large part, biblical interpretation is an imaginative enterprise. The more one can understand and gather information about how the original hearers/readers would have understood both the telling of the event as well the author’s point is helpful for modern interpreters. Gladwell offers some great historical as well as possible medical insights. He invites the reader to engage in the an understanding of the story of David and Goliath that is unlike the traditional version.
I both appreciate and welcome Gladwell’s thoughts as I seek to understand what the author of Samuel and Yahweh are trying to communicate with their readers.