44 Animals of the Bible

by Nancy Johnson, Lloyd R. Hight

44 Animals of the Bible God watches when the doe gives birth to her fawn He makes the leopard swift to hunt its prey From the exotic ibex to the more commonly known tortoise these and the other wonderful creatures in this book will delight children and parents while they learn about the animals of the Bible

Publisher : Master Books

Author : Nancy Johnson, Lloyd R. Hight

ISBN : 9780890518434

Year : 2014

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Animals Bible

First printing: September 2014

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ANT
ASP
BADGER
CHAMELEON
DEER
DOVE
EAGLE
FLY
FOX
FROG
GIER
GOAT
HARE
HAWK
HERON
HORSE
HYENA
IBEX
KITE
LAMB
LEOPARD
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MOLE
MOUSE
NIGHTHAWK
OSPREY
OSTRICH
OWL
PALMERWORM
PEACOCK
PELICAN
PYGARG
QUAIL
RAM
SCORPION
SPARROW
SWALLOW
TURTLEDOVE
TORTOISE
UNICORN
VIPER
VULTURE
WEASEL
WHALE

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ANT
The ant is a tiny but
wise creature. The
Bible tells us this
insect has no leader,
but is a very busy
worker. The ant collects
food during the summer and then
stores it for use during the winter.
Ants were common in the Bible times as they are
today. The black ant and the brown ant are the
most common.
Ants live in groups called colonies, which are
made up mostly of worker ants. The worker
ants are female ants.
The queen ant lays the eggs and the worker
ant takes care of the queen and the baby ant.
The Bible tells us that lazy people can learn a
lesson from ants, because ants are hard workers.

Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, which, having no captain,

Proverbs 6:6–8 overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.

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ASP
The asp is a snake similar to the
cobra. The asp, like the cobra,
is a poisonous snake. It is
found in many parts of
the world. This snake
lives in a hole in the
ground. Its venom (or
poison) is fast-acting,
and affects the nervous
system of its victims.
The asp eats small birds
and toads.
This snake is a viper, as is the
adder. The Bible tells us that
wicked people are like the asp,
because they lie, and bad things which
they say are as bad as the poison of the asp.

Romans 3:13

Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit;
The poison of asps is under their lips…

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BADGER
The Bible tells us the badger is a
wise animal. It is not big, but
manages to make a home in
the rocks.
The badger has short,
strong legs, with toes
made for burrowing in
the ground. It looks
like a weasel, and is
nocturnal and hunts
at night. The fur of a
badger was valuable
during Bible times.
Its skin was used as an
offering to God and was
also used to make shoes
and sandals.
Badgers eat gophers and
other pests, and its face looks
like a raccoon’s. It is also a shy
animal, but can be very powerful and
vicious when cornered.

Proverbs 30:26 The rock badgers are a feeble folk, Yet they make their homes in the crags…

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CHAMELEON
The chameleon is a type of lizard (a reptile),
and was considered one of the “unclean”
animals. The Old Testament tells us that
certain creatures were unclean, and were
forbidden as food.
The chameleon is a small lizard
(perhaps reaching a length of over
a foot long), and it protects itself by
changing color. It will turn green if
it stays in a grassy or tree-filled
environment, and it will turn
brown if living in rocks, sand,
or desert.
There are more than 80 types of
chameleons. This animal has a very
short neck, and a head that does
not turn. Instead, its eyes move
separately from each other, enabling
it to see from side to side. It also has
a very long tongue, which helps it catch its prey.

Leviticus 11:30 …the gecko, the monitor lizard, the sand reptile, the sand lizard, and the chameleon.

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DEER
There are a number of different types of
deer mentioned in the bible. They are:
the hart, the hind, the fallow deer,
and the roe or roebuck.
In Old Testament times, there
was once a wise and wealthy
king named Solomon. God
was pleased with King
Solomon and gave him
much wisdom. He had
a very large kingdom,
and needed many
supplies each day for meals. The
Bible tells us in 1 Kings 4:22 that King
Solomon needed deer and roebuck each
day to help provide food for the many
people in his kingdom, so we know deer
were often hunted in Bible times.

Now Solomon’s provision for one day was thirty kors of fine flour, sixty kors of meal, ten fatted
I Kings 4:22–23 oxen, twenty oxen from the pastures, and one hundred sheep, besides deer, gazelles, roebucks,
and fatted fowl.

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DOVE
The dove was the most important bird
in Bible times. On the ark, Noah sent
out a dove to find the first sign of
land after the great waters of the
flood had subsided.
Doves are found throughout
the world. They are a member
of the same group of birds as
pigeons, but are smaller. They
stay on the ground or in trees, and
they eat seeds, fruit, and insects.
Doves can fly great distances. They
make a cooing sound. They often live in nests
and bushes.
Doves were used in Bible times for sacrifice (offering) at the altar.
These birds were kept in large numbers in the temples because
they were used so often for sacrifice.
The dove is a symbol for the Holy Spirit. It is a gentle bird,
and represents the gentleness of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the
comforter that God promised He would send to us for help.

Psalm 55:6

So I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest…”

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EAGLE
From ancient times eagles have been thought of as strong and brave
birds. The eagle has sturdy legs and feet, as it has long toes with
curved claws, called talons. The eagle is a swift bird. It can fly at
very high altitudes, where it builds nests in high
places that cannot be easily reached.
In Bible times the eagle was
a symbol of great faith,
since it’s a bird that was so
well thought of: strong,
brave, and good to its young.
The eagle lives in high rocky
mountain areas. It carefully trains and
cares for its young. The eagle catches its
young on its wings when teaching the babies
to fly. This way they are protected from falling from
great heights before they can fly easily on their own.
There are a number of places in the Bible which tell about the swiftness
(quickness) of the eagle. In the Old Testament, we find the eagle was a bird that
was not to be eaten. The bald eagle is pictured on the Great Seal of the United
States. For Americans, it is a symbol of strength and courage, just as it was to
people in Bible times.

Psalm 103:5

Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

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FLY
The fly is a two-winged insect. There are about 80,000 different types of
flies, and they can be found throughout the world. They like warm places.
They have six legs, and can cling to almost any surface. For example, this is
why a fly can walk upside-down on the ceiling.
Flies destroy crops, and also carry diseases. In Bible times, God sent swarms
of flies onto the people of Egypt, because they would not let Moses and his
people (called the Israelites) out of the country.
In the Book of Ecclesiastes, the Bible
tells us that dead flies cause a bad odor.

Exodus 8:21

Or else, if you will not let My people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies on you and your
servants, on your people and into your houses. The houses of the Egyptians shall be full
of swarms of flies, and also the ground on which they stand.

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FOX
The fox is the smallest member of the dog family, canidae.
The fox has thick fur, triangle-shaped ears, and a long,
bushy tail. They are fast runners and can reach a speed of 30
miles per hour.
In Bible times, foxes were trouble-some.
They caused much damage to vineyards
(where grapes were grown). Special watchtowers
were built in the vineyards to keep foxes away,
because they liked to eat grapes.
They also liked to eat animals,
birds, and other fruit.
The Bible tells us foxes
are found in deserts
and live in holes.
Foxes are known
to be crafty or sly,
meaning they are
tricky animals.

Matthew 8:20

And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests,
but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”

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FROG
In Old Testament times, there was a man
with the title Pharaoh, who was king of Egypt.
He tried to keep the people of
Moses in his country, and he
would not let them leave.
God told Moses to give
Pharaoh a message: if
he did not let Moses’
people go, God would send
swarms of frogs onto the land.
The king would not listen to Moses, so
God sent millions of frogs into the country.
The frogs were everywhere, and even in people’s
beds. The Bible tells us about this in Psalm 105:30.
Frogs like to be in moist places where there is water. Their body absorbs
water through their skin. Some frogs live in trees, but most live near water.
Frogs eat insects, worms, and spiders. The frog’s tongue is covered with a
sticky substance which helps them catch their prey.
Some frogs are edible, which means they can be eaten. People still eat frog
legs, and they are served in some restaurants.

Exodus 8:1–2

And the Lord spoke to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Let My
people go, that they may serve Me. But if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all your
territory with frogs…”

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GIER
The gier is a large bird which looks similar to an eagle. It has strong, thick
legs, and large wings. When flying, it looks like a falcon. It is also known
as the lammergeir (or bearded vulture), the Egyptian vulture, or the
ossifrage. In the Book of Leviticus and in the Book of Deuteronomy
in the Old Testament it is listed as an unclean bird, and was
not to be eaten.
The Egyptian vulture, gier
(lammergeir), and the ossifrage
are all types of vultures.
Vultures help keep down
disease by eating dead animals.
They locate these dead organisms
by using a keen sense of smell.

Deuteronomy
14:17

…the jackdaw, the carrion vulture, the fisher owl…”

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GOAT
The goat was an important
animal in Bible times. People
sold goats for money, ate goat
meat, drank goat’s milk, and
used goats as a sacrifice (offering)
to God.
The more goats a man owned, the
wealthier he was. Some people owned
very large flocks of goats, numbering
in the thousands.
Goats were sometimes a larger part of a shepherd’s
flock than his sheep. The goats were driven ahead
of the sheep by the shepherd, and these animals were
brought to pastures to eat. When wild, goats live
in hilly, rocky country.
Goatskins had a number of uses. Wine bags were made from goatskins, and they
were used for stuffing pillows (1 Samuel 19:13). People also made coats and rugs from
goatskins. Goat’s milk was a favorite drink, and cheese and butter were made from
the goat’s milk. In Bible times, goats were also given as presents.

The lambs will provide your clothing,

Proverbs 27:26 And the goats the price of a field…

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