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Spears

  1. An English surname.

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is employed in the English Bible to denote military equipment, both offensive and defensive.

  1. The offensive weapons were different at different periods of history. The "rod of iron" (Ps 29) is supposed to mean a mace or crowbar, an instrument of great power when used by a strong arm. The "maul" (Prov 25:18; cognate Hebrew word rendered "battle-axe" in Jer 51:20, and "slaughter weapon" in Ezek 9:2) was a war-hammer or martel. The "sword" is the usual translation of hereb, which properly means "poniard." The real sword, as well as the dirk-sword (which was always double-edged), was also used (1Sam 17:39; 2 Sam 20:8; 1 Kg 20:11). The spear was another offensive weapon (Josh 8:18; 1Sam 17:7). The javelin was used by light troops (Num 25:7, 8; 1Sam 13:22). Saul threw a javelin at David (1Sam 19:9, 10), and so virtually absolved him from his allegiance. The bow was, however, the chief weapon of offence. The arrows were carried in a quiver, the bow being always unbent till the moment of action (Gen 27:3; 48:22; Ps 1834). The sling was a favourite weapon of the Benjamites (1Sam 17:40; 1Chr 12:2. Comp. 1Sam 25:29).
  2. Of the defensive armour a chief place is assigned to the shield or buckler. There were the great shield or target (the tzinnah), for the protection of the whole person (Gen 15:1; Ps 479; 1Sam 17:7; Prov 30:5), and the buckler (Heb. mageen) or small shield (1 Kg 10:17; Ezek 26:8). In Ps 914 "buckler" is properly a roundel appropriated to archers or slingers. The helmet (Ezek 27:10; 1Sam 17:38), a covering for the head; the coat of mail or corselet (1Sam 17:5), or habergeon (Neh. 4;16), harness or breat-plate (Rev 9:9), for the covering of the back and breast and both upper arms (Isa 59:17; Eph 6:14). The cuirass and corselet, composed of leather or quilted cloth, were also for the covering of the body. Greaves, for the covering of the legs, were worn in the time of David (1Sam 17:6). Reference is made by Paul (Eph 6:14-17) to the panoply of a Roman soldier. The shield here is the thureon, a door-like oblong shield above all, i.e., covering the whole person, not the small round shield. There is no armour for the back, but only for the front.
This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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