[b-hebrew] Shield-bearer 1 Samuel 17:41
dwashbur at nyx.net
Fri Jul 2 16:20:53 EDT 2004
Hmm, good point. Perhaps that's one of the more subtle points of the story?
On Friday 02 July 2004 13:33, Karl Randolph wrote:
> 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. Davids stone hit right in that
> 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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