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A term used to describe insects or small animals, notably in the dietary law and the vision of Peter, where they are described as unclean animals (Lev 11:20, 44; Acts 10:12).
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Crawling and Creeping Things
CRAWLING AND CREEPING THINGS. Generally small land animals such as rodents, reptiles, and insects, as well as water animals and flying insects.The Hebrew Bible uses two essentially synonymous roots to describe these animals: šrṣ and rmś. The noun šereṣ usually refers to any small land animal such
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
creeping things, a general term for various forms of reptile, insect, or worm life. Gen. 1:24–26 uses it as a generic term. It is similarly used in the flood story (Gen. 6:7, 20; 7:14, 23; 8:17, 19). Such creatures are considered unclean (Lev. 22:5), but they join in praise of God (Ps. 148:10). They
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Creeping Thingscreeping things, a general term for various forms of reptile, insect, or worm life. Gen. 1:24–26 uses it as a generic term. It is similarly used in the Flood story (Gen. 6:7, 20; 7:14, 23; 8:17,19). Such creatures are considered unclean (Lev. 22:5), but they join in praise of God (Ps.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
CREEPING THINGS — a phrase in the Bible that designates a teeming mass of miscellaneous animal life that moves along the ground (Gen. 1:24–26). It apparently refers to smaller mammals, reptiles, and insects. According to the Book of Genesis, God gave human beings dominion over birds, fish, and cattle
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CREEPING THING<krep’-ing> ([רֶמֶשׂ, remes], [שֶׁרֶץ, sherets]; [ἑρπετόν, herpeton]): Remes and sherets, with the root verbs ramas and sharats, are used without any sharp distinction for insects and other small creatures. Ramas means clearly “to creep,” and is used even of the beasts of the forest
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
CREEPING THINGS English translation sometimes used for a general Hebrew term designating small animals that appear to creep or crawl along the ground. English translators sometimes use “moving things” or other equivalents for the Hebrew word. The term was applied to all land animals in general (Gen.