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Bear (Animal)
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Bear
Bear (דֹּב‎, dov). An animal referred to in the Bible on both literal and figurative levels, with emphasis on its ferocious nature (e.g., 1 Sam 17:34–37; 2 Kgs 2:24; Prov 17:12; Isa 11:7; Hos 13:8; Amos 5:19). The type of bear referenced in the Bible would have been a brown bear.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Bear (Animal)
Bear (Animal). Large, short-tailed, shaggy animal that feeds on plants as well as small animals. The bear mentioned several times in the Bible is the Syrian brown bear still found in Syria and Turkey but no longer in Palestine.See Animals.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bear
Bear [Heb. dōḇ, dôḇ; cf. Arab dubb; Gk. árktos]. Mentioned in 1 S. 17:34–37, where David tells Saul how as a shepherd boy he had overcome a lion and a bear. In 2 K. 2:24 it is related that two she-bears came out of the wood and tore forty-two of the children who had been mocking Elisha. All the
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Bear (Animal)
BEAR (Animal) Large, short-tailed, shaggy animal that feeds on plants as well as small animals. The bear mentioned several times in the Bible is the Syrian brown bear still found in Syria and Turkey but no longer in Israel. See Animals.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Bear
Bear. There were originally two subspecies of bears in Syria, namely, the larger yellowish-brown Ursus arctos isabellinus dwelling in the shelter of the pine regions of the Anti-lebanon mountains and on the northern slope of Mt. Hermon, and the smaller brown Ursus arctos syriacus. The latter (which reached
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Bear
BEAR No longer found in modern Palestine, the bear was common in biblical times, certainly in the period of the Old Testament. In the New Testament, the only reference to a bear is in Rev 13:2, where a bear appears in a prophetic vision (cf. Dan 7:5). The bear was feared as a dangerous predator (1 Sam
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Bear
Bear. 1 Sam. 17:34; 2 Sam. 17:8. The Syrian bear, Ursus syriacus, which is without doubt the animal mentioned in the Bible, is still found on the higher mountains of Palestine. During the summer months these bears keep to the snowy parts of Lebanon, but descend in winter to the villages and gardens.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Bear
Beara native of the mountain regions of Western Asia, frequently mentioned in Scripture. David defended his flocks against the attacks of a bear (1 Sam. 17:34–37). Bears came out of the wood and destroyed the children who mocked the prophet Elisha (2 Kings 2:24). Their habits are referred to in Isa.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BEAR
BEAR<bar> (דֹּב‎ [dobh]; compare Arabic dubb): In 1 Samuel 17:34-37, David tells Saul how as a shepherd boy he had overcome a lion and a bear. In 2 Kings 2:24 it is related that two she bears came out of the wood and tore forty-two of the children who had been mocking Elisha. All the other references
Compton’s Encyclopedia
bear
bearAlthough it has a reputation for being fierce and aggressive, the bear is more often a peaceful and solitary creature. The largest of the carnivores—animals classified in an order of flesh-eating land mammals—and the least carnivorous, or flesh-eating. It is closely related to the dog and the raccoon.
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Bear
Bear. The Syrian bear is a savage and rapacious animal, dwelling in solitary places, and still found on the higher mountains of Palestine. David showed his courage and strength in successfully defending his flock against the attack of one of these animals (1 Sam. 17:34–36). The impious children who mocked
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