The victory of David over Goliath is one of the most memorable scenes in the Bible. Its reflections, like ripples in a pond, have been mirrored in art and literature and in the language and comparisons of Kings and in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In a number of ways it closely resembles the mythic duels between Greek and Trojan heroes, and it causes one to wonder why the story of David and Goliath has become such a powerful influence in the western world? Did it really happen? What really happened and what are the messages that it seeks to tell?