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COAT OF MAIL, is the tr. in the RSV for the Heb. terms שִׁרְיוֹן, H9234, שִּׁרְיָ֔ן (1 Sam 17:5, 38); however in 1 Kings 22:34 RSV the same term is tr. “scale armor”; and in Isaiah 59:17, “breastplate.” The other VSS are similarly confused, KJV in most passages reads “habergeon.” The term is prob. of foreign origin and refers to a leather jacket with small interlaced metal plates sewn on it. Such body armor is depicted on Assyrian reliefs, and fragments have been excavated in the Near E.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)


See Armor, Arms; Brigandine.

See also

  • Arms and Armor