I am very short in stature, so Goliath by any of these accounts is still considered quite a giant to me, but I'm curious what most of you consider as the most authoritative text in regards to his height? (I know this isn't a question pertinent to our eternal salvation, but I'm just curious).

The 1st century historian Josephus, and both The Dead Sea Scrolls texts and 4th century Septuagint texts of Samuel report Goliath as being "four cubits and a span" (6 feet 9 inches or 2.06 metres). This differs somewhat (3 feet, to be precise) from the the Masoretic Text of Samuel, which claims his height as "six cubits and a span" (9 feet 9 inches or 2.97 metres).

Which do you think is more accurate? Why or why not? And why the discrepancies?

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