3002Re: [ANE-2] weavers
- Dec 5, 2006That would seem to solve a difficulty in reconciling the ABD article stating that women did the weaving with the physical realities that they would not be able to handle something so heavy as what Goliath's spear was represented as being.
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From: Lampros F. Kallenos <xalkinos@...>
Sent: Tuesday, December 5, 2006 8:04:28 PM
Subject: Re: [ANE-2] weavers
> The shaft of his spear was like a weaver�s beamThe way to handle a spear is different from the way to handle a
> ... ...
> 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.
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
So, I think what this phrase
> The shaft of his spear was like a weaver�s beamintends 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 ironAnd so, a woman could be a weaver.
Lampros F. Kallenos "...EKANAN OISTRO THS ZWHS
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