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Ape
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Mentioned in two parallel lists of luxuries shipped to King Solomon from India or Africa; the list also includes peacocks, ivory, and silver and gold (1 Kgs 10:22 and 2 Chr 9:21). The apes were likely baboons, which have been found mummified in Egyptian tombs.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Ape
Ape (קוֹף‎, qoph). Mentioned in two parallel lists of luxuries shipped to King Solomon from India or Africa; the list also includes peacocks, ivory, and silver and gold (1 Kgs 10:22 and 2 Chr 9:21). The apes were likely baboons, which have been found mummified in Egyptian tombs.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ape
Ape. Large, tailless primate. Apes, or perhaps other monkeys and baboons, were imported to Israel by King Solomon (1 Kgs 10:22; 2 Chr 9:21).See Animals.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Ape
Ape [Heb. qôp̱]. Mentioned only in 1 K. 10:22 par 2 Ch. 9:21, the ape was one of the imported luxury items in the Solomonic period. The Hebrew is the equivalent of Egyp gwf, Akk. uqūpu, and Syr. qûpa. Probably the reference is not to apes as such, which are tailless, but to monkeys or baboons, the
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Ape
APE Large, tailless primate. Apes, or perhaps other monkeys and baboons, were imported to Israel by King Solomon (1 Kgs 10:22; 2 Chr 9:21). See Animals.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Apes
Apes (Heb. kôphı̂m) are mentioned in 1 Kings 10:22 and 2 Chron. 9:21. There can be little doubt that the apes were brought from the same country which supplied ivory and peacocks, both of which are common in Ceylon; and Sir E. Tennent has drawn attention to the fact that the Tamil names for apes, ivory,
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Ape
Apean animal of the monkey tribe (1 Kings 10:22; 2 Chr. 9:21). It was brought from India by the fleets of Solomon and Hiram, and was called by the Hebrews koph, and by the Greeks kepos, both words being just the Indian Tamil name of the monkey, kapi, i.e., swift, nimble, active. No species of ape has
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Ape
Apeape, a semierect primate resembling a monkey. The apes mentioned in 1 Kings 10:22 and 2 Chron. 9:21 are probably monkeys, possibly Papio hamadryas, a baboon once common in Egypt and Somalia.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
APE
APE<ap> ( קוֹף‎ [qoph]): The word occurs only in the two parallel passages (1 Kings 10:22; 2 Chronicles 9:21) in which the magnificence of Solomon is illustrated by the things which are brought to him from foreign countries. Apes are mentioned with gold, silver, ivory and peacocks. Peacocks are natives
Compton’s Encyclopedia
ape
apeHumans share more characteristics with the apes than with any other living organisms, and that may explain people’s fascination with these animals. Both apes and humans are members of the order Primates, which also includes the monkeys and the prosimians. The apes are usually divided into two subgroups:
monkey
monkeyFrom the tiny, playful marmosets of the Amazon rain forest to the formidable, cunning baboons of the African savannah, monkeys hold a particular appeal for humans. Along with apes, monkeys are a popular attraction in zoos, where their antics and their reputation for cleverness endear them to visitors.
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Ape
Ape. The buffoon ape, in Dryden’s poem called The Hind and the Panther, means the Free-thinkers.“Next her [the bear] the buffoon ape, as atheists use,Mimicked all sects, and had his own to choose.”Part i. 39, 40.He keeps them, like an ape, in the corner of his jaw; first mouthed, to be last swallowed
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Ape
Ape, an animal of the monkey tribe mentioned in 1 Kings 10:22 and 2 Chron. 9:21 among the merchandise brought by the fleets of Solomon and Hiram once in every three years. The name in Hebrew has been borrowed from the Sanskrit, and points to Ceylon or India.
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Ape
APE Large, semierect primate, mentioned only twice in the OT and not described. The ape was not native to the Holy Land, but the Israelites were familiar with it. Some types were kept as pets. They were among the gifts that the navy of Hiram brought to Solomon (1 Kings 10:22; 2 Chron. 9:21).The Hebrew
Monkey
MONKEY Small, long-tailed primate. TEV, REB include monkeys among the exotic animals brought as gifts to King Solomon (1 Kings 10:22; 2 Chron. 9:21). NIV, NRSV note read “baboons.” KJV, NASB, NRSV render the Hebrew term “peacocks.”