[b-hebrew] The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune -- 1 Chron12.2

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Fri Jul 2 15:52:07 EDT 2004


Years ago in a lecture, I heard a little snippet of information about left-handed people; that they tend to be more accurate with distance weapons, like slings, bows and arrows and today with rifles. Psych professionals don’t know why this is so, just that it has been measured.

I’m reminded of that lecture every time I read this about the Benjaminites.

Nothing theological, just that ancient Israel noticed this fact about lefties too.

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: "George F. Somsel" <gfsomsel at juno.com>

> 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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