The Old Testament Story Of David And Goliath Essay

1149 Words May 9th, 2016 5 Pages
Throughout the course of time, the Old Testament story of David has found its way into the many hands of sculptors across the world. In their way, these artists depicted the body of David, shaping and sculpting him into a symbolic figure of their time. The bible 's story of David and Goliath was a notable symbol of the light overcoming the darkness that influenced numerous years of commissioned art in the city of Florence Italy. The real question is why were there so many sculpture representations of David throughout the history of art? In Book 1 Samuel of the Bible, the chronicle of the battle between David and Goliath is told. It begins with Saul and his men, the Israelites, are challenging the Philistines near the Valley of Elah. The days were long, twice a day for 40 days. Goliath, the Giant, was the champion of the Philistines who challenged the Israelites to put forward a champion of their own to decide the outcome in an individual fight. All of the men of the group were afraid and only David, a young lowly shepherd boy, accepts the challenge against the terrible giant. Saul hesitantly agrees due to Davids size and offers his armor. David declines since it is too large and decides to take only his sling and five stones. David and Goliath then confront each other. Goliath is in his armor with a shield, and David armed only with his rock, sling, his faith in God, and his courage. David releases a stone from his sling with all his strength and hits Goliath in the center…

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