The Armor of God

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The Armor of God

Postby ccgr » Sat Feb 27, 2016 10:11 pm

Reference - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?s ... %206:10-18

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I can't look at it the same anymore...

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Re: The Armor of God

Postby BlockHeadLewie » Sun Feb 28, 2016 2:38 pm

LoL!
That is a really funny pic!
I actually brought this very subject up to my pastor once! He just laughed and said something along the lines of "Well it was a given there were pants, after all you need the belt of truth!"
(Of course the actual belt referred to in the passage refers to a belt that holds the sword, a dagger and maybe a flask for water. He likes to have fun, too.)
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Re: The Armor of God

Postby Sstavix » Sun Feb 28, 2016 8:04 pm

How many times in the Bible are people requested to "gird up their loins?" Maybe it was already a given. ;)

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Re: The Armor of God

Postby ArcticFox » Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:38 am

Actually, in the classical period, armor didn't have pants. Ever.

Instead, what warriors would wear is a breastplate to cover their chest, then around their pelvis/groin was the tasset, usually made from leather straps.

Greek Hoplites
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Sometimes it was just the lower tunic with leather or metal plates hanging down.

Imperial Roman Legionary
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The shins would be protected by strapped on armor plates called greaves.

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Even in Late Medieval/Early Renaissance armor the thighs would be protected in the front with a metal tasset covering the hips and upper thighs. The groin would be covered with a chainmail skirt. Sometimes a codpiece might be used.

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The problem with the idea of armored pants is the human upper thighs are a ball and socket joint that calls for much better mobility than could be provided by protective metal plates, especially for mounted warriors. There's no such thing as armored pants for this reason, just a variety of different approaches to provide some protection while keeping the wearer free to move about unrestricted. Better to avoid getting hit than have to absorb damage!

So whenever I've seen the phrase "gird up thy loins" I took it to mean "put on your tasset" as part of getting suited up for battle.

(I don't mean to wreck the joke... it was a good one. I just thought people might be interested in the reason behind it.)
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Re: The Armor of God

Postby BlockHeadLewie » Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:13 am

LoL This just proves everyone has a point of view to basically anything and they are right!
I do feel a bit more, um, educated? Less of a blockhead maybe?
I don't find the jest ruined, merely enhanced actually!
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Re: The Armor of God

Postby ArchAngel » Mon Apr 04, 2016 6:39 pm

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