Ok, time for a little antiquities Bragging!
Last week, I just acquired a 1000 BC to 930 BC Davidic Javelin Butt Spike for only $150.00.
It was mistaken for a Maccabean 300-100bc spearhead.
Once possitivly authinticated as from King David's time it is now worth $500.00!!!
The Javelin Butt Spike is the lethal blade located on the back end of a nasty little spear Ancient Judah used to win it independence from the Philistines.
See Two pictures of my "Javelin Butt Spike" in below attachment.
(Bronze: 7 inch blade, 3.5 inch tang, totaling 10.5 inches, weighing 3.9 oz. troy)
The book "Archeology of Ancient Israel" by Amnon Ben-Tor
page 148-151, is the only book out that displays several Davidic bronze Javelin Photos .
According to Mr. Ben-Tor, these type of late bronze age early Iron age javelins are weapons only indigenous to the ancient Israelis, during the time period of the Kings Saul/David/Soloman kingdoms of Judah - 1000 BC. to 930 BC .
The completed Javelin has a 3 cubit long (4 ft) shaft made of "Ash" wood.
With head and Butt spike added the length totals roughly 5ft 3 inches tip to tip. It acted as a short spear, a dagger, and an arrow as the soldier needed it.
Every Israeli soldier who survived war, was given one of these to take home.
where it was used for bragging and home defense purposes.
The bronze used up to make it was worth around $1200.00 in biblical times. (Think of it as a 900 BC rifle.)
These where so important to the identity of the Judean Army Veteran that they where almost always buried with them upon their death.
The photos in the book "Archeology of Ancient Israel" by Amnon Ben-Tor
are of Javelin butts and heads found in dig sites from south of the Temple Mount in modern Jerusalem and found in dig sites from around the Davidic Bethlehem area. (mine is a perfect match!)
Each photo has both the butt spike and the matching Javelin spear head shown side by side.
Since I can perfectly match my Butt spike to the exact Davidic kingdom butt spike in the photos.
I also KNOW what the javelin head looks like in exact size, shape, and detail, relative to the Javelin butt spike I own.
All I have to do is simply enlarge the picture until it is 'to scale" with my butt spike and i will have the javelon head too...
And, since Ben-Tor took so much time explaining the actual construction of the Davidic Javelin
I can now make the entire biblical weapon in perfect detail!
Here is a link to the book "Archeology of Ancient Israel"
(I can only send you a link because the only photo of it is in a copyrighted book and does not allow "copy/paste" options.)
So, fallow the link, once there, do a "look Inside" search for the word "Javelin", or "pg.150", in the book, (especially see pg.151)
My Javelin butt spike is a perfect match of the 2nd javelon set on the right side of the photo on page 151 .
See my "Javelin plans" below attachment.
Here are some scriptural references!
(The third one is the best by far)
1 Samuel 18:7-11
7 And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands. 8 And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom? 9 And Saul eyed David from that day and forward. 10 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul's hand. 11 And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.
1 Samuel 19:8-10
8 And there was war again: and David went out, and fought with the Philistines, and slew them with a great slaughter; and they fled from him. 9 And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand. 10 And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin; but he slipped away out of Saul's presence, and he smote the javelin into the wall: and David fled, and escaped that night.
2 samuel 2:20-23
20 Then Abner looked behind him and said, "Are you Asahel?" He answered, "I am." 21 And Abner said to him, "Turn aside to your right hand or to your left, and lay hold on one of the young men and take his armor for yourself." But Asahel would not turn aside from following him. 22 So Abner said again to Asahel, "Turn aside from following me. Why should I strike you to the ground? How then could I face your brother Joab?" 23 However, he refused to turn aside. Therefore Abner struck him in the stomach with the butt end of the javelin, so that the spear came out of his back; and he fell down there and died on the spot. So it was that as many as came to the place where Asahel fell down and died, they stood still.