Studies on Left-handedness in the Hebrew Bible

Dr. Claude Mariottini - Professor of Old Testament

the-left-handed-painter-1982 Carlo Maria Mariani

Image: The Left Handed Painter

Artist: Carlo Maria Mariani

According to a recent study, about 10% of the population of the US are left-handed. In addition, about 1% of the population is mixed-handed, that is they are ambidextrous. Ambidextrous people are able to use both hands to do things such as writing or drawing.

In the Old Testament the warriors from the tribe of Benjamin favored their left hand in training for combat. There are several references in the Hebrew Bible to people who were left-handed or could use both hands.

The Bible says that Ehud, a judge in Israel was left-handed (Judges 3:15). In the army of the tribe of Benjamin, the best seven hundred soldiers were all left-handed (Judges 20:16). In David’s army, some of his soldiers were Benjaminites. These mighty men of war were ambidextrous. They served as archers who could shoot arrows and sling stones with…

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Judges 16:20

re-Ver(sing) Verses

Judges 16:20 - Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!”  He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him.

Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!”

He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him.

Judges 16:20 | NIV | Other Versions | Context


Samson is a Bible Character whom many would likely be familiar with, for his story was extremely dramatic. His story contained a little bit of all that literary devices that would make him a perfect tragic hero – there is nobility – though not by birth, bit at the climax of the story Samson was the judge of Israel, the leader of the people. There was hamartia (tragic flaw), there was peripetia (reversal of fortunes due to hero’s hamartia) or a downfall, there was anagnorisis (realisation that his  downfall was caused by his own tragic flaw), and there was a carthasis. To make the story perfect, Samson…

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Osoyoos to Rock Creek

A Place to Call Home

Distance: 61 km
Ascent: 1165 m
Cycling time: 4 hours 37 minutes

All the way down the Okanagan valley, people kept saying, “you do know about the mountain at the bottom – don’t you…?!”. Well, I do now. And I have to say, it wasn’t nearly as bad as the Coquihalla. But maybe that’s just because the sun was shining this time. Or perhaps because I wasn’t trying to do this mountain pass on my first day back after several weeks of sitting on buses… In any case, Anarchist Mountain is slightly shorter than the Coquihalla in both height and horizontal distance, and the road is so much quieter that I was able to dance my way up a good part of the ascent 🙂 (Climbing hills on a trike is such a leisurely and relaxed affair that it’s safe to take your hands off the handlebars for much of…

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Nehemiah 8:10 (KJV) ~ For the joy of the LORD is your strength.

My thought for today

Nehemiah 8:10 (KJV) ~ For the joy of the LORD is your strength.


He gives you a joy which is unspeakable, a joy that over flows, a joy which keeps you going inspite of hardship and through the trials of life. His joy is a joy which the world can neither understand, nor can it take away from the saints of God, for you have something in which to be joyful, and that is the fact that in Him you have a new life. When someone asks you why you are smiling, why you seem so happy, why you sing with joy, you can tell them, “I sing because I am happy, I sing because I am free, I sing because I have a new life in Jesus. I sing because I am saved, sanctified, Holy Spirit filled, Jesus on my mind, I have a new life!”

The Bible…

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Anne of Bohemia, Queen of England

The Freelance History Writer

Anne of Bohemia and her husband King Richard II of England Anne of Bohemia and her husband King Richard II of England

King Richard II’s first wife Anne has the distinction of being the only English queen from Bohemia. The marriage was a by-product of the schism within the Papacy in the fourteenth century. When the young Anne came to England, one of the chroniclers described her as a “scrap of humanity”.

Anne was born on May 11, 1366 in Prague. She was the eldest daughter of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia and his fourth wife, Elizabeth of Pomerania. Much of Anne’s childhood was spent in the Hradschin Palace in the newly transformed and prosperous city of Prague. Emperor Charles had built new districts as well as the Cathedral of St. Vitus and a university. Anne was mostly under the care of her step-brother Wenceslaus at court, where she received an education and most likely witnessed the…

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