2 Samuel: Science and History

  1. "He weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels."
    Since a shekel is about 11.5 grams, Absolom's hair weighed 2.3 kilograms! 14:25-26
  2. "Ishbibenob, which was of the sons of the giant" 21:16
  3. "Saph, which was of the sons of the giant" 21:18
  4. There ... was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant." 21:20
  5. "These four were born to the giant in Gath." 21:22
  6. "The earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth." 22:8
  7. "The foundations of the world were discovered ... at the blast of the breath of his nostrils." 22:16
  8. Israel had 1,300,000 fighting men in this battle. Of course, this is a ridiculously high number for a battle between two tribal armies in 1000 BCE. (The United States had about 1.46 million active duty soldiers in 2010.) 24:9