Some recent archaeological discoveries were made in the ruins of Gath, Goliath’s hometown. One discovery is a Philistine temple found in ancient mound ruins by archaeologists from Bar Ilan University verifying facts told in the story of Samson’s death. The temple reveals that Philistines used two pillars to hold up their temples, which shows why it was possible for Samson to take “hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up” in Judges 16:29 and press against them to cause his own death and the death of the Philistines in the house where he was.
Another discovery is that there is evidence at the same site that a serious earthquake took place in the 8th century B.C. The earthquake is estimated to have been an 8 on the Richter scale and took place around the same time as the earthquake mentioned in Amos 1:1 during the time of the reign of Uzziah, king of Judah. The excavations show that building walls were moved from their original positions and collapsed like a house of cards.
The third discovery verifies the account given in 2 Kings 12:17 that Hazael, king of Syria, destroyed the city of Gath in 830 B.C.
Source: Arutz Sheva, July 30, 2010.
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–