Biblical Old Testament Weapons

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  1. Gûd Daedheloth

    Gûd Daedheloth Foe of Morgoth's Realm

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    Well, he did have the physical problem of having a slingstone embedded into his forehead. :D

    Anyway, about New Testament weapons, I'd assume most of those were Roman, probably spathas?
     
  2. Scrinlord

    Scrinlord Dark Lord of Guppies

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    I would think one handed short swords, and spears and such, similer to what the Greeks and egyptions used.
     
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    ponbiki88 New Member

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    Actually they used spanish short swords(or roman as most people call them)
     
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    There is meantion of the Damascus blade in the Bible saying that a scarf was tossed up and them cut with the blade
     
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    Urambo Tauro Art House Member

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    Bogus. You're looking at it from a closeminded modern viewpiont. Goliath was from Gath; the people there (this might get some debate) had a specific gene that allowed for increased growth capacity. This was roughly 3-3.5 thousand years ago, and has since been essentailly bred out, except for the rare case of giantism. So if you allow for that variable and just think hypothetically then it is very possible that Goliath was 9ft 6in. Then you must factor in that Goliath was "trained for war from the days of his youth." ( 1 Samuel17:33b) Golaith was not the only giant, there was Ishbibenob and and the Decendants of Rapha in Gath. They were all larger than normal humans. One is described as having six fingers and six toes on each hand and foot. That passage is an account of David's men killing these individuals. So all the giants were killed of, the gene died, and now there is only cases of people with diseases and such.


    Now as to the actual topic. There is an under-lying theme in Judges of the Israelites having to face enemies with greater numbers (Gideon) and the Isrealites always seem to have worse weapons than the enemies. Shamgar's ox goad is an example, also David's sling. So before the kingship was put in place the main weapons would have been slings, Spears, and what ever the Israelites could kill people with (oxgoad, jawbone, etc.) After King Saul was in power swords were a rare-ish commodity so only the king and his generals could really get ther hands on them. Most swords were taken from the enemies that were slain. Most looked like early variations on Greek swords, or advanced Canaanite sickle swords, or similar to swords from the other influental cultures around Israel.

    Man that was long, forgive me if I have over stepped any bounds.
     
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    Actually the Hebrews like most of the world at the time was using cast bronze. Which cannot make a very long or thin sword. Most of their swords would have been short, probably around two feet in length and very wide. Any longer than that and they would bend under their own weight or too easily in battle, and require a thicker blade increasing weight. Normally made in a leaf blade shape which made the best use of the metal. But they would have been greatly influenced by the weapons used by the Greeks and Romans. Israel being a Mediterranean country would have similar tools to the closest countries they trade with.

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    Spears would have the same shape. Short, wide at the bottom and tapering to a thin tip. In the same leaf shape.

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