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2999Re: [ANE-2] weavers

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  • Lampros F. Kallenos
    Dec 5, 2006
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      > The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam
      > ... ...
      > The implication of this is that a weaver's beam was
      > significantly larger and heavier than the normal spear shaft.
      > Such a "weaver's beam" would be a significant implement for
      > any average woman to handle.
      >
      > gfsomsel


      The way to handle a spear is different from the way to handle a
      weaver's beam.

      You handle a spear by putting your fingers around it, and then
      you also have to lift and throw it. But a weaver's beam is about
      15-20 centimeters (six inches) long, and only has to be thrown or
      pushed among the threads to the other side of the weaving
      installation.

      So, I think what this phrase

      > The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam

      intends to is only a reference to the diameter of the shaft, not
      to its weight. The weight is commented in the next phrase

      > his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron

      And so, a woman could be a weaver.


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