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

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Fri Jul 2 05:21:10 EDT 2004


It's actually 1 Chr. 12:2: "they were armed with bows, and could use both
the right hand and the left hand in hurling stones and shooting arrows from
a bow, of Saul's brethren from Benjamin." These seem to be specially trained
ambidextrous soldiers.
In the case of Ehud in Judges, my feeling is that the author there is using
a pun on Ehud's being from Benjamin, "the sons of the right", in order to
make his story more readable.


Yigal
----- Original Message -----
From: <david.kimbrough at charter.net>
To: "George F. Somsel" <gfsomsel at juno.com>; <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, July 02, 2004 7:30 AM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune --
1Chron


> George,
>
> Ignoring the fact that only about %10 of any population
> will be  left-handed, the only reference I can find in
> regards to Benjaminites and left-handedness is in Judges
> which says -  Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man
> lefthanded -
>
> Did you have some specific verse in 1 Chron in mind?
>
>
> >
> > From: "George F. Somsel" <gfsomsel at juno.com>
> > Date: 2004/07/02 Fri AM 04:16:45 GMT
> > To: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
> > Subject: [b-hebrew] The slings and arrows of outrageous
> fortune -- 1 Chron
> > 12.2
> >
> > The recent thread on Goliath made me think of this
> passage.  It is
> > interesting in that it specifically mentions that the
> Benjaminites are
> > left-handed.  It might be significant that they were
> left-handed if they
> > were simply infantry fighting with a spear or sword.
> Once a shot leaves
> > the sling or an arrow the bow, however, does it really
> matter whether the
> > one acting is right- or left-handed?  Why would this be
> specifically
> > mentioned?  I realize this isn't really a b-hebrew type
> question, but my
> > curiosity was arroused.
> >
> > george
> > gfsomsel
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>
> David Kimbrough
> San Gabriel
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