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Dove’s dung
Dove's Dung • Dove’s Dropping
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Dove’s Dung
Dove’s Dung. Source of food eaten when Samaria was besieged by Ben-hadad, king of Syria (2 Kgs 6:25). Taken literally as pigeon excrement, the reference indicates how desperate conditions were in the famished city.Some scholars suggest that dove’s dung refers to the small, edible bulb of the star-of-Bethlehem
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Dove’s Dung
DOVE’S DUNG Source of food eaten when Samaria was besieged by Ben-hadad, king of Syria (2 Kgs 6:25). Taken literally as pigeon excrement, the reference would indicate how desperate conditions were in the famished city.Some scholars suggest that dove’s dung refers to the small, edible bulb of the star
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Dove's Dung
DOVE’S DUNG. “The fourth part of a cab” (1/4 cab equals c. 1/2 pint) of this substance was sold at an exorbitant price in Samaria during the siege (2 Kings 6:25). The Heb. words ḥărê yônı̂m are plain as translated, an example of the actual extremity of the siege. Josephus records that in their dire
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Dove’s dung
Dove’s dung. Various explanations have been given of the passage in 2 Kings 6:25. Bochart has labored to show that it denotes a species of cicer, “chick-pea,” which he says the Arabs call usnân, and sometimes improperly “dove’s” or “sparrow’s dung.” Great quantities of these are sold in Cairo to the
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Dove's dung
Dove’s dung(2 Kings 6:25) has been generally understood literally. There are instances in history of the dung of pigeons being actually used as food during a famine. Compare also the language of Rabshakeh to the Jews (2 Kings 18:27; Isa. 36:12). This name, however, is applied by the Arabs to different
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Doves’ Dung
Doves’ Dung. In 2 Kings 6:25, during the siege of Samaria, “there was a great famine … and … an ass’s head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove’s dung [hariyonim] for five pieces of silver.” This “hariyonim” was a plant called chickpea, a common article of food
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Doves Dung
Doveʹs Dung. In a description of a great famine in Samaria (2 Kings 6:25) it is said that “an ass’s head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove’s dung for five pieces of silver.” This is intended to denote the extremity of the famine, during which the highest prices
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Dove's Dung
DOVE’S DUNG An item sold as food for an incredible price (2 Kings 6:25) during the siege of Samaria. Some interpret dove’s dung as bird droppings since 2 Kings 18:27 indicates that in time of siege persons could be reduced to eating their own excrement and drinking their own urine. Others have suggested
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Dove's Dung
dove’s dung. This phrase is used by the KJV and other versions to render Hebrew ḥărê yônîm (= ḥărāʾîm H2989 plus yônâ H3433), which is the Ketib reading in 2 Ki. 6:25, “As the siege continued, famine in Samaria became so great that a donkey’s head was sold for eighty shekels of silver, and
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
DOVE’S DUNG
DOVE’S DUNG [חִרְייוֹנִיםdivyonim; κόπρος περιστερά kopros peristera]. During a siege-induced famine, “one-fourth of a kab of dove’s dung” sold for five shekels (2 Kgs 6:25). The exact meaning and amount here remain uncertain. “Dove’s DUNG” was possibly used for fire fuel, as a salt substitute, or
2. Dove’s Dung
2. Dove’s dungDove’s dung (mentioned in 2 Kgs 6:25) is the name of a white-flowered wild plant Ornithogalum narbonense (subspecies brachystachys), which makes the ground appear like bird droppings, hence its name. Its bulbs are edible (see DOVE’S DUNG).
Key passages
2 Ki 6:25

There was a great famine in Samaria, and behold, a siege was against it, until the head of a donkey went for eighty shekels of silver, and one fourth of the measure of the dung of doves went for five shekels of silver.

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