The Philistines, after they captured the Ark of the Covenant, were plagued by God with painful hemorrhoids (1Samuel 5, see also our humorous article). Realizing their possession and mistreatment of the Ark brought the painful condition, they decided to give it back to Israel. The Bible records that when they returned it, in the hope of appeasing the Lord, they included a rather weird offering of pure gold shaped in the form of both hemorrhoids and mice (1Samuel 6:5, 11)!
Lust of the dead
Moses, before he died, reminded ancient Israel of its history since leaving Egypt forty years prior. During his discourse he stated ". . . and at the Graves of Lust, you provoked the Lord to anger" (Deuteronomy 9:22, HBFV). What and where were the graves of LUST? The location in question is also called Kibroth-hattaavah in the Bible. It is where a plague was sent among the people, which ended up killing many of them, for their sin of lusting to be fed meat AFTER God miraculously provided manna for them (see Numbers 11:31 - 35).
The oddest hill
The largest collection of men, according to the Bible, that were circumcised at one time were all those destined to enter the Promised Land under Joshua (see Joshua 5). Although those who left Egypt forty years prior were circumcised, their children (who were the ones God allowed in Canaan) were not (Joshua 5:4 - 6). Although it may seem a bit weird, all these circumcisions occurred at the same time. They were also performed by anyone (not just priests or elders) who wanted to do so.
More than 600,000+ males left Egyptian slavery under Moses (Numbers 1:46, see also our trivia on Ancient Israel). At least as many, and likely more of them, were alive when the Israelites entered into their inheritance. The place where the men were circumcised or had their trimmed parts buried (or both) was called "the hill of the foreskins" (Joshua 5:3).
There are only two Biblical references to people who were known to be left-handed. Ehud was a left-handed warrior used by God to save the Israelites from being oppressed. He would ultimately serve as Israel's Judge for eighty years, the longest of anyone who served in such a capacity (Judges 3:14 - 30). The Israelite tribe of Benjamin seems to have produced an unusually large number of left-handed individuals. Some of them were so skilled at slinging stones that, "Every one could sling stones at a hair’s breadth, and not miss" (Judges 20:16).
Faster than a speeding chariot
Who is the fastest person in the Bible? Both King Ahab and Elijah were at the foot of Mount Carmel after the prophet had all the false priests of Baal slain (1Kings 18:1 - 40). Elijah tells the king that he needs to get on his chariot and rush to Jezreel (16+ miles or 25.7 kilometers away) before a drought-ending downpour makes it impossible to travel. God, after Ahab left, empowered Elijah with the superhuman ability to OUTRUN the monarch's speedy chariot and arrive at Jezreel before him (verses 44 - 46)!
Just a little off the top . . .
Our last weird Bible fact relates to the sometimes humorous topic of circumcision. Scripture refers, by name, to ten individuals or groups of men who were circumcised. In the Old Testament, they were Ishmael, Abraham, Isaac, the men in the city of Shechem, Moses' son, and every uncircumcised male to enter the Promised Land. In the New Testament, they were John the Baptist, Jesus, Timothy and the Apostle Paul.