NOTE: I'm double-posting this question on Hermeneutics as it may produce two viewpoints, dunno.
KJV Judges 8:18 Then said he unto Zebah and Zalmunna, What manner of men were they whom ye slew at Tabor? And they answered, As thou art, so were they; each one resembled the children of a king.
Should we write this off as pure fawning and flattery? Or are we intended to understand Jews to be particularly royal?
I'm wondering if it isn't a reference to the prohibition against cutting off the corners of the beards. Would Zebah and Zalumunna have made that association? Or an association with beards in general?