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The main pieces of armour worn by a soldier in ancient warfare were a coat of mail to protect the body, greaves to protect the legs, and a helmet to protect the head. These were usually made of bronze, though sometimes were made of leather (1 Samuel 17:5-6; 1 Kings 22:34; Nehemiah 4:16; Jeremiah 46:4). Soldiers who did the heavy fighting in the front ranks carried large shields, and the archers who came behind carried smaller shields (1 Samuel 17:7; 2 Chronicles 14:8). Shields were sometimes made of bronze (1 Kings 14:27), but less expensive kinds were made of rattan overlaid with leather. They could therefore be burnt (Ezekiel 39:9; see also WAR; WEAPONS).

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Fleming, Don. Entry for 'Armour'. Bridgeway Bible Dictionary. 2004.

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