owls in the bible

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There is nothing original as in nothing of my own content. There is the interesting mention of Lillith in the Isaiah reading: 34:4. I have been working through the meaning of animals and flowers in the bible. Though there is much information regarding Pagan Religious symbolism and dream interpretation I present just a small selection.

From Easton’s Bible Dictionary Owl we have the references below.

Perhaps maligned and misunderstood, bad press

1. Heb. bath-haya’anah, “daughter of greediness” or of “shouting.” In the list of unclean birds (Leviticus 11:16Deuteronomy 14:15); also mentioned in Job 30:29Isaiah 13:21; [Isaiah 13:21 – But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there] .34:1343:20Jeremiah 50:39Micah 1:8. In all these passages the Revised Version translates “ostrich” (q.v.), which is the correct rendering.

2. Heb. yanshuph, rendered “great owl” in Leviticus 11:17Deuteronomy 14:16, and “owl” in Isaiah 34:11. This is supposed to be the Egyptian eagle-owl (Bubo ascalaphus), which takes the place of the eagle-owl (Bubo maximus) found in Southern Europe. It is found frequenting the ruins of Egypt and also of the Holy Land. “Its cry is a loud, prolonged, and very powerful hoot. I know nothing which more vividly brought to my mind the sense of desolation and loneliness than the re-echoing hoot of two or three of these great owls as I stood at midnight among the ruined temples of Baalbek” (Tristram).

The LXX. and Vulgate render this word by “ibis”, i.e., the Egyptian heron.

3. Heb. kos, rendered “little owl” in Leviticus 11:17Deuteronomy 14:16, and “owl” in Psalms 102:6. The Arabs call this bird “the mother of ruins.” It is by far the most common of all the owls of Palestine…[..]follow on

Odd selections

Job 30:29 29I have become a brother of jackals, a companion of owls.


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5. Heb. lilith, [Adams first wife]”screech owl” (Isaiah 34:14, marg. and R.V., “night monster”). The Hebrew word is from a root signifying “night.” Some species of the owl is obviously intended by this word. descriptive of utter and perpetual desolation, of a land that should be full of ruins, and inhabited by the animals that usually make such ruins….

The unclean:Deuteronomy 14:15 15the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk.