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

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sat Jul 3 16:41:45 EDT 2004


Perhaps nothing, perhaps a whole lot. It would depend what his sources
were - which is mostly a matter of conjecture. Besides, who said that
Goliath would have used anyone's tactics - we're are not talking about a
battle situation, but at best a duel.

Yigal
----- Original Message -----
From: <RGmyrken at aol.com>
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Sent: Friday, July 02, 2004 5:15 PM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Shield-bearer 1 Samuel 17:41


> And what did the writer of 1 Sam. know of 10th century Philistine tactics?
>
> RGm
>
> > I have heard Finkelstein make that claim - that Goliath, armor and all,
is
> > modeled on Greek hoplite mercenaries that the 7th century (or later)
that
> > the writer might have been familiar with. Could be. On the other hand,
what
> > do we know of 10th century Philistine tactics?
> >
> > Yigal
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: <RGmyrken at aol.com>
> > To: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
> > Sent: Friday, July 02, 2004 4:38 AM
> > Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Shield-bearer 1 Samuel 17:41
> >
> >
> > >Dear Brian,
> > >
> > >  I Sam. 17:41 clearly reflects Hellenistic hoplight military tactics,
in
> > >which a shield-bearer was standard.  The description of Goliath's
weaponry
> > is
> > >also consistent with such an interpretation.  Please see any standard
work
> > on
> > >the Hellenistic armies.
> > >
> > >Best regards,
> > >Russell Gmirkin
> > >
> > >>My confusion is based on how it could have worked that two of them
would
> > >>be approaching David. I understand the idea of an armour-bearer to
carry
> > >>weapons etc. for a warrior, but surely when he is actually going to
> > >>battle the armour-bearer then gives the armour to the warrior.
> >
>
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