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Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A handheld barrier for self-defense mentioned frequently in the Old Testament (e.g., 1 Sam 17:7; 2 Sam 1:21; 1 Kgs 10:17; Isa 22:6; Ezek 39:9; Nah 2:3). In antiquity, a shield consisted of a framework of wood covered with leather or various metals. For further information on weapons and defense in the ancient Near East, see this article: War in the Ancient Near East.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Shield
Shield A handheld barrier for self-defense mentioned frequently in the Old Testament (e.g., 1 Sam 17:7; 2 Sam 1:21; 1 Kgs 10:17; Isa 22:6; Ezek 39:9; Nah 2:3). In antiquity, a shield consisted of a framework of wood covered with leather or various metals. For further information on weapons and defense
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Shield, Shield Bearer
Shield, Shield Bearer. Protective armor and the soldier or servant who carried the shield and weapons of a warrior.See Arms and Warfare; Trades and Occupations (Soldier).
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Shield, Shield Bearer
SHIELD, SHIELD BEARER Protective armor and the soldier or servant who carried the shield and weapons of a warrior. See Armor and Weapons.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Shield
ShieldThe use of shields in battle is attested as early as the 3rd millennium b.c. in scenes from Egypt and Mesopotamia. The long shield of the Sumerians covered a soldier from the neck to the ankles. With the advances in construction of body armor in the Late Bronze Age, shields became smaller and
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Shield
Shield. The basic defensive weapon in warfare before the introduction of gunpowder. Shields were used in warfare long before the emergence of Israel. They varied greatly in size, covering as much as the entire body of the soldier (sometimes then carried by a shield bearer) or as little as the face and
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Shield
SHIELD A form of protective armor common in ancient warfare. Shields varied considerably in size, shape, and construction. The typical shield was a round buckler made of leather stretched around a wooden frame and anointed with oil (2 Sam 1:21; Isa 21:5; Ezek 39:9). When Saul died, David declared that
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Shield
Shield. The ordinary shield consisted of a framework of wood covered with leather; it thus admitted of being burnt. Ezek. 39:9. It was frequently cased with metal, either brass or copper; its appearance in this case resembled gold when the sun shone on it, 1 Macc. 6:39, and to this, rather than to the
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Shield
Shieldused in defensive warfare, varying at different times and under different circumstances in size, form, and material (1 Sam. 17:7; 2 Sam. 1:21; 1 Kings 10:17; 1 Chr. 12:8, 24, 34; Isa. 22:6; Ezek. 39:9; Nahum 2:3).Used figuratively of God and of earthly princes as the defenders of their people
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Shield
ShieldThe shield was an ancient Near Eastern warrior’s primary defensive weapon. Having the right type of shield in battle could mean the difference between life and death. Shields varied considerably in size and shape from time to time and place to place. Infantrymen without armor preferred longer
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Shields
Shields. The most famous in story are the Shield of Achilles described by Homer, of Hercules, described by Hesiod, and of Ænēas described by Virgil.Other famous bucklers described in classic story are the following:—That ofAgamemnon, a gorgon.Amўcos (son of Poseidon or Neptune), a crayfish, symbol