"It was a miracle that such a small and young shepherd could defeat Goliath in battle," said Vladimir Berginer, a professor of neurology at Ben-Gurion University here.
"But now i have found an explanation for it."
said Goliath, who the Old Testament indicates was about three meters (10 feet) tall, suffered from a disease of the pituitary gland called acromegaly.
The condition has been commonly associated with gigantism since its discovery in the 19th century.
"This is the only disease where sufferers can grow to such a height," Mr. Berginer
said Goliath had an advanced form of the illness, causing a tumor to swell against an optic nerve and damaging his
"I'm sure that from time to time, Goliath did not see David because in the Bible it was written a few times that Goliath was very slow, but David ran," Mr. Berginer
The shepherd boy was darting and feinting so much that the visually challenged giant "did not see David and was unprepared for the fatal stone."
said David's celebrated slingshot strike did not actually kill Goliath but damaged his
David was then able to approach the unconscious giant and hack off his
head with a sword.
The professor has submitted his
findings for publication in the "Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry" of London.
(So now you know!
This scientist has been able to determine the health of someone who lived thousands of years ago just by the biblical account.
The Bible just isn't correct in what it says according to Mr. Berginer
name should be changed to 'beginner'.