Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A weapon used in long range attacks (e.g., Gen 27:3; Gen 49:24; Josh 24:12; 1 Sam 18:4; 2 Sam 1:22; 22:35; 1 Kgs 22:34; Ps 7:12; Isa 21:15; Jer 6:23; Rev 6:2). For further information on weapons in the ancient world, see this article: War in the Ancient Near East.
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Bow and Arrow
BOW AND ARROW. Used as an instrument in hunting and warfare from very earliest days in biblical lands. In the Bible references, the bow (Heb. qeshet) dates back to the patriarchal period where it appears to have been used both as a weapon by the nomad (cf. Gen 21:20) and for hunting (Gen 27:3). Later
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Bow and Arrow
Bow and ArrowArchaeological finds have provided a relatively accurate description of the development of the bow (Heb. qešeṯ). The earliest bows were made from one piece of wood, which could be up to 1.7 m. (5.5 ft.) long, and strung with animal sinew. Later bows were shorter and made from bonded strips
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Bow and Arrow
Catholic Bible Dictionary
BOW One of the chief weapons of the ancient world, along with the sword, spear, and sling. In biblical imagery, the bow (and arrow) was a symbol of war and dread.It is likely that the bow and arrow first appeared in the Near East with the Akkadians and spread to the different peoples of Mesopotamia
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Bow—The bow was in use in early times both in war and in the chase (Gen. 21:20; 27:3; 48:22). The tribe of Benjamin were famous for the use of the bow (1 Chr. 8:40; 12:2; 2 Chr. 14:8; 17:17); so also were the Elamites (Isa. 22:6) and the Lydians (Jer. 46:9). The Hebrew word commonly used for bow means
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Bow (to rhyme with flow). (Anglo-Saxon, boga; verb, bogan or bugan, to arch.)Draw not your bow till your arrow is fixed. Have everything ready before you begin.He has a famous bow up at the castle. Said of a braggart or pretender.He has two strings to his bow. Two means of accomplishing his object;
Barb. An arrow. The feathers under the beak of a hawk were called barb feathers (beard feathers). The point of an arrow has two iron “feathers,” which stick out so as to hinder the extraction of the arrow. (Latin, barba, a beard.)N.B.—The barb is not the feather on the upper part of the shaft, but the
Bolted Arrow. A blunt arrow for shooting young rooks with a cross-bow; called “bolting rooks.” A gun would not do, and an arrow would mangle the little things too much.
Quarrel. A short, stout arrow used in the crossbow. (A corruption of carrial; Welsh, chwarel; French, carreau. So called because the head was originally carré or four-sided. Hence also a quarrel or quarry of glass, meaning a square or diamond-shaped pane; quarier, a square wax-candle, etc.)“Quarelles
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
BOW AND ARROW [קֶּשֶׁת qesheth; τόξος toxos; חֵץ khets, חֵצֵי khetse, רֶשֶׁף reshef]. A bow is a strong, flexible, narrow piece of material, bent to form an arc, with a cord secured to both ends of the arc, from which the user shoots projectiles (arrows) consisting of 1) a light-weight, straight shaft