[b-hebrew] Shield-bearer 1 Samuel 17:41

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Fri Jul 2 15:33:51 EDT 2004


It also says something of the accuracy of the slinger: even while covered with his shield, Goliath had to leave a small area uncovered, namely around his eyes, so that he could see to attack. David’s stone hit right in that area.

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: Dave Washburn <dwashbur at nyx.net>

> If he saw the sling and was ready for it with his shield, he did a lousy job 
> of being ready...........
> On Thursday 01 July 2004 21:03, Karl Randolph wrote:
> > Dear Brian:
> >
> > In the passage, twice it is mentioned that Goliath was going back and
> > forth between the two encampments, "going and approaching" with his
> > shield bearer in front of him. The last time omits mention of the
> > shield bearer.
> >
> > I remember reading in Xenophon's Anabasis that slingers were an
> > integral part of the army, and that a well placed stone was deadly.
> > Presumably Goliath saw the sling so he was ready for a battle, so he
> > would be carrying the shield himself the last time.
> >
> > Karl W. Randolph.
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