Learning Biblical Hebrew
8/22/09 at 06:41 AM 0 Comments

To be left-handed or two-handed in The Scriptures

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Only one out of ten has this character - to be left-handed and in all the generation there's seemed to be ambiguity about this character - some said that people who are left-handed are like cripples ; some , on the other side said that this is the ultimate warrior in the field , that can fight with both of his hands without any difference.

Today we will speak about the left-handed or two handed figures from The Scriptures.
First of all let us speak about one of the sneakiest judges from the people of Israel - Ehud Ben Gera, who was left-handed and won the battle with the Moabites after killing their king -Eglon. The bible says about Ehud this sentence in Judges 3:15-

" .... וַיָּקֶם יְהוָה לָהֶם מוֹשִׁיעַ אֶת-אֵהוּד בֶּן-גֵּרָא בֶּן-הַיְמִינִי, אִישׁ אִטֵּר יַד-יְמִינוֹ..."

"Again the Israelites cried out to the LORD, and he gave them a deliverer-Ehud, a left-handed man, the son of Gera the Benjamite"

Ehud was from the tribe of Benjamin, which was well-known of his left-handed warriors, who didn't miss any shooting as written in Judges 20:15-

"מִכֹּל הָעָם הַזֶּה, שְׁבַע מֵאוֹת אִישׁ בָּחוּר, אִטֵּר, יַד-יְמִינוֹ: כָּל-זֶה, קֹלֵעַ בָּאֶבֶן אֶל-הַשַּׂעֲרָה--וְלֹא יַחֲטִא"

"Among all these soldiers there were seven hundred chosen men who were left-handed, each of whom could sling a stone at a hair and not miss"

We are not sure if being left-handed was the character of this tribe from the genes or from practice and training. What we know fur sure is that being left-handed or two-handed ,like Ehud and some his tribe were, gave you the advantage in the battle as written in 1 Chronicles 12:2-

" נֹשְׁקֵי קֶשֶׁת, מַיְמִינִים וּמַשְׂמִאלִים בָּאֲבָנִים, וּבַחִצִּים, בַּקָּשֶׁת--מֵאֲחֵי שָׁאוּל, מִבִּנְיָמִן"

"They were armed with bows and were able to shoot arrows or to sling stones right-handed or left-handed; they were kinsmen of Saul from the tribe of Benjamin"

There are so much discussion until today that ask is the tribe of Benjamin, that had
this left-handed character have been admired or not by the authors of the bible. It's all related to the person who holds the pen

Main phrases of the post + transcription + translation

Hebrew          Transcription         Translation
אִטֵּר יַד-יְמִינוֹ      'ittēr yad yəmînô   Left-handed person
אֵהוּד               'ehûd                   Ehud
שְׂמֹאל              śəmo'l                 Left
יָמִין                 yāmîn                  Right
לוֹחֵם l              ôhēm                  Warrior


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