Saturday, 20 April 2013

Quiz answer

Isaiah 41:15
Behold, I make of you a Threshing Sledge, new, sharp, and having teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and crush them, and you shall make the hills like chaff.
Yes, the answer is a Threshing Sledge. They were still being used in Spain until the 1950s - 60s.
The prophet Isaiah uses an image derived from the mode of threshing in the East at that time, where the heavy sledge was made to pass over a large pile of sheaves, and to bruise out the grain, and separate the chaff so that the wind would drive it away.
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Well done  MarianMarkKirk and Attila, who doesn't appear to have a blog - all four are the victors of the quiz.
I am now adding Val as a winner - I misunderstood her comment - apologies Val.

28 comments:

  1. How interesting, Rosemary. I'd wondered about threshing but it looked too heavy to lift and the idea of a sledge didn't even cross my mind.

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    1. You may have got it if I had shown the whole of the sledge

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  2. When i read one of your comments.. that you replied that the person was not close..to a kind of thresher.. i didnt write that.
    I knew it was something to do with thrashing.!
    we do have them here.. if you remember, i put a photo of a smaller one on one of my blogs some time ago.. it was however one that you sit on.
    They are now objects for collectors.
    I was looking all over the place to try to verify this.
    good quiz..
    thanks Rosemary
    happy weekend.. and well done to the winners

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    1. Dear Val - I am not sure who I said that to -
      Do hope that I did not mislead you or anyone else.
      The sun is out so I think we will have a day out tomorrow with a picnic.

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  3. Amazing - I could not come up with an explanation for this one, but was thinking along the lines of belting it with flax to make linen - at least that's agricultural! I love your quizzes, Rosemary.

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    1. I think perhaps that would have been heading in the right direction Patricia.

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  4. Hello rosemary, Don't you just love these labor-saving devices? No wonder Civilization got so soft, what with threshing sledges and all.

    I am planning to post my own mystery-object answer in a little while.
    --Road to Parnassus

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    1. I am wondering if anyone got it right.

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  5. Very interesting! I did not have a clue at all and I think I would never have been able to solve the puzzle! Well done! Christa

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    1. It is a nice piece of equipment Christa - and they are now considered collectibles.

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  6. Hello Rosemary . I have missed many posts .... I shall look all . Your quiz is so interesting ! You know that I love the old items ,I never have seen something like this in Greece and neither in Museums ...

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    1. Dear Olympia - I love this item and the history attached to it, but it must have been such hard work threshing big fields with just this sledge.

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  7. Thank you for letting us know Rosemary! I would never have guessed it.

    Happy weekend,

    Madelief x

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    1. It is an interesting piece of agricultural artefact with an ancient origin.

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  8. Interesting. I learn something new every day... Thank you, Rosemary.

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    1. I saw one many years ago in Spain but did not know what it was for then - the internet is a great source of information.

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    1. They are now often used as a decoration in hotel foyers and old restaurants.

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  10. Hello Rosemary,
    the texture of wood and stone is intriguing. It has a plastic beauty and the next post I know it is a very old thresher. Beautiful photo!
    Congratulations and a big hug

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    1. Hello Antonio - there is something rather lovely about these threshing sledges that originated from ancient times. I do love the way the stones have been lodged into the wood. Thank you for your kind comment.

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  11. Thank you so much for solvable quizzes Rosemary ;-) The one at Parnassus was something else. A very strange object indeed. I just read the correct answer. I had absolutely no clue.

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    1. Next time Marian I shall have to be more careful about what I say!!!

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  12. Dear Rosemary,
    It was the sled-like look of the top end that made me think that it might be some sort of threshing implement. That and the pieces of stone in the wood itself.
    I will admit that when I checked your blog and my comment didn't appear I got excited! I said to AGA: 'I think I guessed the right answer!'
    I enjoy these quizzes.
    Bye for now
    Kirk

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    1. Bravo Kirk - for someone who said he didn't know the answer you did exceptionally well - 10/10.

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  13. I was pleased to know the answer to the quiz and especially that you included the print of it being used. It's included in the Sir Charles W. Wilson's book 'The Land of Judea' so I was pleased to be able to refer back to that and have another read about it. Thank you for the quiz which often leads on to other studies!

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    1. Dear Linda - glad this quiz took you on a further journey - that is the great things about blogging it sharpens our enquiring minds.

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  14. That was a fun quiz, Rosemary! And I must say that the threshing implement would look great amongst a collection of modern art. The image you found to illustrate its use is perfect — now I get the full picture.

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    1. Dear Mark - you did very well to guess it. I like the object too and they are now considered collectibles.

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