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Slings

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Slings (20:16) were weapons made of two long straps, usually either leather or cloth. These were attached to a wider pocket in the middle, where… Read More »Slings

Jebus

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Jebus (19:11) was the name of Jerusalem during this time because it was still under the control of the Jebusites. It would stay in the… Read More »Jebus

Laish

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Laish was about 25 miles (40 km) north of the Sea of Galilee. The Danites would have traveled about a hundred miles (161 km) to… Read More »Laish

City gates

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City gates in Bible times were often very elaborate. Many of them were two stories high or even higher. The actual opening would be narrow,… Read More »City gates

Riddles

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Riddles were as popular in ancient Near Eastern cultures as they are around the world today. Samson’s riddle about the lion and the honey (14:5–18)… Read More »Riddles

Foolish vows

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Foolish vows. When Jephthah realized that his foolish vow could result in the death of his daughter (11:29–40), he could have broken the vow. For… Read More »Foolish vows

Mount Gerizim

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Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal make up the sides of the east-west pass into the Valley of Shechem. When Joshua conquered central Israel, he used… Read More »Mount Gerizim

Crescents

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Crescents. Midianite kings often decorated their camels with gold or silver pendants in the shape of a crescent moon (8:21). They may have believed the… Read More »Crescents

Camels at war?

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Camels at war? The Midianites were among the first to use camels in warfare (6:5). Their camels were most likely the single-humped dromedary, which could… Read More »Camels at war?

Donkeys

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Donkeys played many roles in the ancient Near East. They provided much of the heavy labor in agriculture and provided personal transportation. The number of… Read More »Donkeys