Apparently hiding the weapon on the side from which a left-hander would naturally draw it helped the plan succeed, perhaps because the Moabite guards may only have checked the other side.
For further discussion on the texts referenced here, as well as additional information on the organization, weaponry and tactics used by various ancient Near Eastern nations in warfare at the time of the Old Testament, see Boyd Seevers, Old Testament Warfare (Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, forthcoming).
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See Baruch Halpern, The First Historians: The Hebrew Bible and History (Pennsylvania State Univ. Press, 1996), p. 41, who notes that the Maori of New Zealand did this. Also note discussion in Daniel Block, Judges, Ruth (Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1999), pp. 160–161.
See Halpern, First Historians, pp. 40–43; and K. Lawson Younger, Judges and Ruth (NIVAC; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002), pp. 113–114.
A version of this article appeared in Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, September 2012.