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The art of using bows and arrows for hunting and in battle (e.g., Gen 21:20; 1 Sam 31:3). For further information, see this article: War in the Ancient Near East.
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
ARCHER, ARCHERY The archer used bow and arrows in peace and war. Nomads (Gn 21:20), hunters (Gn 27:3; Is 7:24), raiders (Gn 48:22; Jos 24:12), and warriors (Ez 39:9; Hos 1:7) used this weapon throughout the biblical period. The efficiency of the bow and the making of arrows improved tremendously over
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
archers. Warriors armed with bows and arrows played an important role in ancient Near Eastern warfare, since they could strike accurately from a distance while being protected by a full-length shield. They were so important that in the Bible a bow may metonymically represent general military strength
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
ARCHERS. Men armed with bows and arrows. For many centuries archers, on foot, riding in chariots, or mounted formed the backbone of the armies of the ancient Near East. In the OT the archer stands for military activity, and bows and arrows for military equipment generally (Gen 49:23–24; Ps 127:4–5; Hos
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Archer—a shooter with the bow (1 Chr. 10:3). This art was of high antiquity (Gen. 21:20; 27:3). Saul was wounded by the Philistine archers (1 Sam. 31:3). The phrase “breaking the bow” (Hos. 1:5; Jer. 49:35) is equivalent to taking away one’s power, while “strengthening the bow” is a symbol of its increase
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Archersarchers, warriors armed with bows and arrows. Archers played an important role in ancient Near Eastern warfare since they could strike accurately from a distance while being protected by a full-length shield. Their importance was so significant that in the Bible a bow may metonymically represent
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
ArcheryThe use of the bow and arrow, for which there is evidence from 1900 b.c., is referred to from Genesis (21:20, 27:3) to Revelation (6:2). Although occasionally mentioned in reference to hunting or in harmless activities, it is primarily viewed as an effective weapon of war and instrument of execution
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ARCHERY<ar’-cher-i>:1. The art of using the arcus, or bow and arrow for hunting and in battle is of great antiquity. It is mentioned in Genesis 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
archeryThe sport of archery—shooting arrows from bows at targets—has its roots in prehistoric times. Arrows were used by ancient peoples to battle their opponents and to hunt wild game. In some societies, people still use bows and arrows as weapons.No one knows exactly when the first bows and arrows
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Archers. The best archers in British history and story are Robin Hood and his two comrades Little John and Will Scarlet.The famous archers of Henry II. were Tepus his bowman of the Guards, Gilbert of the white hind, Hubert of Suffolk, and Clifton of Hampshire.Nearly equal to these were Egbert of Kent