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Fox
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
In the Old Testament, this term can refer both to the fox (genus vulpes) and the jackal (genus canis; see Judg 15:4; Song 2:15; Lam 5:18; Ezek 13:4). The two animals closely resemble each other. In the New Testament, Jesus negatively refers to Herod as a fox (Luke 13:32) and uses foxes in a brief parable (Matt 8:20; Luke 9:58).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Fox
Fox (שׁוּעָל‎, shu'al; ἀλώπηξ, alōpēx). In the Old Testament, this term can refer both to the fox (genus vulpes) and the jackal (genus canis; see Judg 15:4; Song 2:15; Lam 5:18; Ezek 13:4). The two animals closely resemble each other. In the New Testament, Jesus negatively refers to Herod as a fox (Luke
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Fox
Fox. Small, wild, carnivorous, doglike mammal, several species of which existed in Palestine in the biblical period.See Animals.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Fox
Fox [Heb šûʿāl; cf. Arab. thaʿlab (Jgs. 15:4; Neh. 4:3; Cant. 2:15; Ezk. 13:4); Gk. aló̄pēx (Mt. 8:20; Lk. 9:58; 13:32)]; NEB also JACKAL. In Ps. 63:10 (MT 11) and Lam. 5:18 the RSV and NEB read “jackal” for Heb šûʿāl (AV “fox”); it is probable that “jackals” should also be used in Jgs. 15:4,
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Fox
FOX Small, wild, carnivorous, doglike mammal, several species of which existed in Palestine in the biblical period. See Animals.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Fox
fox. Three species of fox live in the Near East: the European fox (Vulpes vulpes) dwells in temperate zones, and the desert fox (Vulpes rüppeli) and the fenek (Fennecus zerda) are desert-adapted species; any one or all three may have been there in biblical times as well. Samson tied torches to the tails
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Fox
FoxA carnivorous member of the dog family (Canidae), genus Vulpes. Heb. šûʿāl designates both the fox and the jackal (Ps. 63:10 [MT 11]; Lam. 5:18). The red fox and its desert cousin, the fennec, are small, solitary, nocturnal, and intelligent creatures. Emerging from its den to hunt at night, the
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Fox
Fox (Heb. šû˓āl; Gk. alṓpēx). A carnivorous mammal of the genus Vulpes, family Canidae, of which several species are found in modern Palestine. Most common is the Palestinian fox (Vulpes palaestina), particularly prevalent in the midsection of the country; the largest species is Vulpes flavescens,
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Fox
FOX The Hebrew word for fox was probably used to denote both the fox and the jackal. The fox was said to ravage vineyards and crops (Song 2:15; Ezek 13:4; Lam 5:18). Samson captured three hundred foxes, tied torches to their tails, and set them loose in the fields of the Philistines (Judg 15:4–5). Tobiah
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Fox
Fox (Heb. shû˒âl). Probably the jackal is the animal signified in almost all the passages in the Old Testament where the Hebrew term occurs. Though both foxes and jackals abound in Palestine, the shû˒âlim (foxes) of Judges 15:4 are evidently jackals and not foxes, for the former animal is gregarious,
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Fox
Fox(Heb. shual, a name derived from its digging or burrowing under ground), the Vulpes thaleb, or Syrian fox, the only species of this animal indigenous to Palestine. It burrows, is silent and solitary in its habits, is destructive to vineyards, being a plunderer of ripe grapes (Cant. 2:15). The Vulpes
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Fox
Foxfox, a carnivorous doglike mammal. Three species of fox live in Palestine: the European fox (Vulpes vulpes) dwells in temperate zones, and the desert fox (Vulpes r/ppeli) and the fenek (Fennecus zerda) are desert-adapted species; any one or all three may have been there in biblical times as well.
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