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Is there a midrash that explains how David meets Goliath, since the time gap between the two is huge? Goliath is Orpah's son (II Sam. 21;I Sam. 17) and David is the great-grandson of Ruth, Orpah's sister (Ruth Rabbah 2:9) or at least her sister-in-law. There would be 3 generations of difference. How can we put both in the same scene, as our sages did? Thank you.

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    Goliath would be the same generation as David's grandfather Oved. I've met some of my grandfather's cousins.
    – Double AA
    May 24, 2023 at 18:44
  • Of all the generation gaps in Torah, this is perhaps the least notable.
    – shmosel
    May 24, 2023 at 20:10
  • Dovid was at oldest a teenager at the time whereas Golayis probably in his fifties like most senior officers are
    – Schmerel
    May 24, 2023 at 22:02
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    "Goliath is Orpah's son (II Sam. 21;I Sam. 17) ..." That makes it sound like the statement is explicit in the text of the cited chapters. It is not so. I Sam. 17 doesn't mention Goliath's parentage, and the Goliath mentioned in II Sam. 21 , was (a) son of the Rafah (הרפה) and (b) killed by Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim the Beth-lehemite (אלחנן בן יערי ארגים בית הלחמי; v. 19), so maybe not the one David killed before he was king, Where do you get that Goliath (that David meets in I Sam. 17 ) is Orpah's son?
    – Tamir Evan
    May 25, 2023 at 4:54

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