David and Goliath

Remember the story of David and Goliath from Sunday School? It was yesterday’s reading from The Bible Podcast. It had been a while since I’d read the actual text.

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Um, who decided this was a children’s story? Beheadings, corpses lying in fields, rivers running with blood, deceit, cowardice, birds pecking out eyes. Yeah, it’s your basic Sandra Boynton rhyming silly kids story.

Anyway, if you haven’t listened to it in a while, it’s a great story. Click here for the direct link:

1 Samuel 17

On a related tangent, the podcast passed a significant milestone a few weeks ago. We added a listener at a research station in Antarctica, which makes people on all 7 continents who listen to the thing. How cool is that?

8 thoughts on “David and Goliath

  1. Zack

    “Beheadings, corpses lying in fields, rivers running with blood, deceit, cowardice, birds pecking out eyes.”

    Yikes. Sounds pretty brutal. We should take a moment to consider the impact this type of imagery might have on our society.

    Better yet, someone get Eli Roth on the phone. I smell a summer blockbuster.

  2. Bill Metanoya

    I take it you’ve never read the original Grimm’s Fairy Tale’s. I especially like Cinderella where her evil step-sister’s have their eyes pecked out.

    The story of David and Goliath will always remind me a great preacher’s sermon on the 5 smooth stones; 1 for Goliath and the other 4 for his brothers. After so many years of speculation from so many preachers and writers it was good to hear about a reason that fit David and the situation that he was entering into. David had no illusions that the Philistines would honor the agreement and if they sent someone it was likely to be Goliath’s equally impressive and ugly brothers.

  3. Chad

    This is really significant, Michael. Congrats on achieving something both geektastic and, ya know… sanctified and s**t.

  4. Carrie

    [quote comment="93769"]I take it you’ve never read the original Grimm’s Fairy Tale’s. I especially like Cinderella where her evil step-sister’s have their eyes pecked out.[/quote]

    Took the words right outta my mouth. Did you also catch the section BEFORE that, where each sister (at the encouragement of the stepmother, who insists that once they’re queen, they’ll never have to walk anywhere again) slices off either a toe or a heel to fit into the slipper? The Prince takes one away, in turn, but as they pass Cindy’s mother’s magic tree, the birds start singing about the blood in the shoe.

    Never mind that the Princie-poo just couldn’t see that IT WASN’T THE RIGHT FRIGGIN’ GIRL. Seriously, the Charming’s are pretty effin’ stupid most of the time.

  5. Carrie

    OMG I committed an apostrophe error! I must pay! “Charmings.” Charmings that are plural, not possessive! AAAUUUGGH! The apostrophe fuhrer will be so upset with me!

  6. Carrie

    Decaf is for those who have given up on life and are waiting for sweet death to take them.

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