Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Rock Hyrax

After encounters with the hyrax in Africa last year, we had another encounter with a rock hyrax near the Sea of Galilee in Israel this year. A sign was kind enough to inform us what kind of hyrax it was and to let us know that it was mentioned three times in the Bible. 
Leviticus 11:5 identifies the hyrax as non-kosher: "The hyrax, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you." The other two verses identify it as a rock dweller. Proverbs 30:26 states, "hyraxes are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags." Psalms 104:18 informs that "The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies." 
Rock hyrax near the Sea of Galilee.
Rock hyrax
These hyraxes did appear different than those we saw in Kenya and Tanzania. 


  1. The poor guy has a serious overbite.

  2. I love the Biblical quotes. Who knew?