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. 

2 comments:

  1. The poor guy has a serious overbite.

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  2. I love the Biblical quotes. Who knew?

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