[ExI] david statue coincidence
hkeithhenson at gmail.com
Mon Aug 22 15:09:13 UTC 2016
On Sun, Aug 21, 2016 at 8:37 AM, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:
> Second idea: Consider what David was about to do in that sculpture. Faced
> with this enormous adversary (Goliath)
The sling was a widely used military weapon over much of the ancient world.
The talk page is as interesting as the article. The world record
distance, 437 m requires a launch speed of over 70 m/s.
I suspect that I am the only one on this list who learned how to use a
sling and thus has some idea of the real miracle of David killing
Goliath. From the talk page, "Julius Ceasar tells of a badly wounded
centurion hit in the face . . ."
They are _hard_ to aim. The timing for letting the knot slip between
fingers and thumb is in the ms/sub ms range. At the release point the
projectile is moving fast in a fairly small circle. They take a great
deal of skill to hit anything, it takes starting young and long
practice. They are the classical weapon of shepherds; a predator will
abandon sneaking up on sheep when a rock smashes into the ground near
him even if he is not hit. Idle shepherds have a lot of time to learn
to use them. There is still a lot of luck involved in hitting a small
target with a sling.
PS Philistine news.
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