March 03, 2008

Breadcrumb: I want an oxgoad

In Judg. 3:31, we read about Shamgar. He makes a huge impact for his one-verse cameo: he kills 600 Philistines with an oxgoad. What, I asked myself, is an oxgoad? Apparently an oxgoad is a long, pointed stick used to drive oxen. (A picture can be found in the Wikipedia article about it.) In other words, Shamgar speared 600 men to death. To me, that's pretty impressive, even more than Phineas spearing two people through at the same time. (Num. 25) On the other hand, perhaps a more conventional sword might be a more reliable weapon.

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