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daivid and goliath sling
May 12th, 2009 at 3:53pm
 
People wonder what davids sling was made of, daivid was a sheapherd wasent he? I would think that his sling was made of wool. and if it had a solid pouch is would probobly sheap skin.
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Re: daivid and goliath sling
Reply #1 - May 12th, 2009 at 6:07pm
 
There are quite a few threads around speculating on this and all aspects of the DvG encounter. The Bible has no detail of the sling at all and the historians don't know either so everything is just speculation and can never be verified either way.
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Re: daivid and goliath sling
Reply #2 - May 13th, 2009 at 8:11am
 
yeah I'd go for wool and leather too - although many of the more traditional slings are made from cord woven from grasses and wool and leather would have both been valuable commoditys. So it's possibly more likely that david would have made his slings from local grasses.
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Re: daivid and goliath sling
Reply #3 - May 13th, 2009 at 4:28pm
 
From what we know about David in his early (and later) years, he was also an excellent kinnor (usually translated "harp") player. On http://cdbaby.com/cd/mlevy ("King David's lyre, echoes from ancient Israel"), I found this:

In Biblical times, the Kinnor was usually made of cypress wood, or in very precious instruments, of sandalwood (I Kings 10: 12; described as "almug"). According to the ancient writings of the Jewish historian Josephus Flavius, who actually witnessed the Kinnor being played by the Levites in the Temple of Jerusalem, the Kinnor had ten strings, made of sheep gut.

Sheep gut strings fit well into the image of the young shepherd who uses materials from his (father's) livestock for his pastime - playing music and slinging. So, for his sling, wool would be a good candidate (I'm not a specialist, but I think that sheep's sinews are too short to be used as sling cords). I suppose either a woven pouch or, less probable, one out of goatskin. Sheepskin to me seems too soft and too thin to be effectively used for a sling pouch.

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Reply #4 - Aug 26th, 2007 at 9:09am
 
Was there any detail? How long, how thick, material?

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Reply #5 - Aug 26th, 2007 at 3:06pm
 
Not in my version of the bible. Maybe there are informations in some old ancient text, but I doubt it.
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Reply #6 - Aug 27th, 2007 at 3:22am
 
Considering that the Bible was originaly a huge collection of story books put together to teach moral lessons, I dont think the description would have been all that important. Just what he did with it. After all, how do you slay your "giants"?
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Reply #7 - Aug 29th, 2007 at 10:34am
 
I imagine that it would be of woven wool.
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Reply #8 - Aug 29th, 2007 at 12:04pm
 
He was a sheperd after all. that would make sense.
Is there anybody from the same area here on the forum?
maybe you could ask them what  materials are common in the wild?
Maybe some plant is very common and useful? Huh
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Re: David's sling
Reply #9 - Aug 29th, 2007 at 3:50pm
 
where wool is available leather or rawhide would be as well a plausible material.

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Reply #10 - Sep 1st, 2007 at 12:41am
 
One possibility,
I have leaned towards somesort of plant fiber.
I base this off of that wool is an economic commodity you want to sell as much of it as possible.
There is Plenty of time in a shepards day to harvest the plant seperate the fibers and braid it into a sling.

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slingbadger wrote on Aug 29th, 2007 at 10:34am:
I imagine that it would be of woven wool.

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Reply #11 - Sep 2nd, 2007 at 5:41am
 
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have leaned towards some sort of plant fiber.
I base this off of that wool is an economic commodity you want to sell as much of it as possible.


plant fibres? a shepherd is not a stone-age man, he is a participant in an economy, and has wealth.
if he is so inclined, and bored, and surrounded by sheep which leave tufts and strands of wool on every branch and twig, he would use wool to make a sling. either that or leather from the skin of a dead one.

maybe he would just buy a ready-made sling, or trade some small amount of ewe's milk, meat, or wool for one.   

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Reply #12 - Sep 2nd, 2007 at 5:45am
 
just to illustrate the cheap wool theory....
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Reply #13 - Sep 2nd, 2007 at 5:47am
 
oh it didn't post

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Reply #14 - Sep 3rd, 2007 at 9:08am
 
A 1x1 pixel image? Huh
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