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Birds that were considered ceremonially clean and usable for sacrifice, particularly by those who were too poor to afford a larger sacrificial animal. The dove is an emblem of purity (Psa 68:13) and a symbol of the Holy Spirit (Matt 3:16).
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The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
dove, a small bird of the Columbidae family. Three varieties of the small species of pigeon identified as turtledoves were known in the ancient Near East. Noah used doves to determine if the flood had subsided (Gen. 8:8–12). Lev. 12:8 prescribes the offering of a pair of doves or two young pigeons to
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
DoveA small bird widely domesticated in biblical times and of the family Columbidae. The dove is Noah’s messenger, signaling the Flood’s end (Heb. yônâ; Gen. 8:8–12), and is a representation of the Holy Spirit at Jesus’ baptism (Gk. peristerá); Matt. 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22; John 1:32). Metaphorically,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Dove. One of a number of smaller species of pigeons; biblical reference is most often to the rock dove (Columba livia), a blue-colored bird with a red breast which lives throughout Palestine and usually makes its nest in caves, wells, and cisterns.The Old Testament mentions the dove (Heb. yônâ;
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Catholic Bible Dictionary
DOVE The name used for several species of wild pigeons in Palestine, including the ring dove, stock dove, rock dove, and turtledove. The dove was a suitable sacrifice for poor people who could not afford a lamb (Lev 12:8), and Mary and Joseph offered two turtledoves at the Presentation of Jesus in the
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
dove. As a Christian symbol, the dove has many meanings. (1) From the dove with the olive branch in its beak in the story of the Flood (Gen. 8:11), it is a sign of peace and reconciliation. (2) In the primitive Church, from the ref. to His descent upon Christ at His baptism under the form of a dove (Mk.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Dove. The first mention of this bird occurs in Gen. 8. The dove’s rapidity of flight is alluded to in Ps. 55:6; the beauty of its plumage in Ps. 68:13; its dwelling in the rocks and valleys in Jer. 48:28 and Ezek. 7:16; its mournful voice in Isa. 38:14; 59:11; Nah. 2:7; its harmlessness in Matt. 10:16;
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
DOVE. See also Animal Kingdom.Turtledoves and pigeons were the only birds that could be offered in sacrifice, being usually selected by the poor (Gen. 15:9; Lev. 5:7; 12:6; Luke 2:24); and to supply the demand for them dealers in these birds sat about the precincts of the Temple (Matt. 21:12; etc.).
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Dove—In their wild state doves generally build their nests in the clefts of rocks, but when domesticated “dove-cots” are prepared for them (Cant. 2:14; Jer. 48:28; Isa. 60:8). The dove was placed on the standards of the Assyrians and Babylonians in honour, it is supposed, of Semiramis (Jer. 25:38; Vulg.,
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
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