[b-hebrew] The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune -- 1 Chron

Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Fri Jul 2 05:23:07 EDT 2004

On 01/07/2004 22:30, david.kimbrough at charter.net wrote:

>Ignoring the fact that only about %10 of any population 
>will be  left-handed, ...

This may be true of any general population. But left-handedness is at 
least partly hereditary. The Benjamites were a small inbred group who 
could well have had an unusually high proportion of left-handers, and 
these might have been specially chosen for training as sling men - just 
as you will find an unusually high proportion of left-handers among spin 
bowlers in cricket, and professional boxers I think.

There is of course an irony here in that Benjamin means "son of right 
hand" i.e. right-handed!

Peter Kirk
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