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Archery

(1) The art of using the arcus, or bow and arrow for hunting and in battle is of great antiquity. It is mentioned in Ge 21:20, as well as in the Iliad and the Odyssey, and depicted on Egyptian monuments and in Assyrian sculptures. The Philistines excelled in the art, which led David to order that special training in it be given to the Hebrews (2Sa 1:18). It was an important art throughout the world in Biblical times (see Ge 27:3; Isa 22:6; 49:2; Ps 127:4). The Benjamites among the Hebrews were noted as archers (Jud 20), and archers constituted much of the fighting strength, and played no mean part in the victories, of the world-famed Greek and Roman armies.