Eleazar, another of the three mighty warriors of David (1 Chr 11:12-11:14)

“Next to Jashobeam among the three mighty warriors was Eleazar son of Dodo, the Ahohite. He was with David at Pasdammim when the Philistines were gathered there for battle. There was a plot of ground full of barley. The people had fled from the Philistines. But he and David took their stand in the middle of the plot. He defended it. He killed the Philistines. Yahweh saved them by a great victory.”

Once again, this is based on 2 Samuel, chapter 23. The 2nd of the 3 great warriors was Eleazar, son of Dodo. He once stood his ground and fought the Philistines when everyone else had run off. Here there is a mention of the place that was missing in the other account, Pasdammim, but there is no other mention of this place in biblical literature. Eleazar was only mentioned here and in 2 Samuel, where his arms were weary, but he never let go of his sword. However, here there is no mention of his weary arms. Yahweh gave them a great victory. Here there is no mention of the 3rd great warrior, Shammah, son of Agee the Hararite, who was in 2 Samuel, chapter 23. This biblical author just omitted him, leaving us with only 2 of the “Three” great warriors.

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