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One possible translation of a variety of unclean hunting birds (Lev 11:16; Deut 14:15; Job 39:26; compare Isa 34:11 ESV, NRSV; Isa 34:15 ESV, NASB).
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hawk, a common bird of prey in the Near East. The Hebrew term nets probably refers to the sparrow hawk or the small but swift kestrel. Hawks were considered unclean and therefore inedible for the Hebrews (Deut. 14:11–18). Their raptorial habits made them valuable hunters of rodents and other small pests.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
HawkA generic term for small or medium-sized diurnal birds of prey, particularly those in the family Accipitridae. The term is sometimes extended to include certain members of the family Falconidae, which tends to create confusion in terms of classification and naming of species.Heb. nēṣ is similarly
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Hawk (Heb. nēṣ).† Any of various species of diurnal birds of prey belonging to the families Accipitridae and Falconidae. Several species have been attested in Palestine, most commonly the sparrow hawk (Accipiter nisus), marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus), and hen harrier (Circus cyaneus), nesting
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Hawk. Lev. 11:16; Deut. 14:15; Job 39:26. The hawk includes various species of the Falconidæ. With respect to the passage in Job (l.c.) which appears to allude to the migratory habits of hawks, it is curious to observe that of the ten or twelve lesser raptors (hawk tribe) of Palestine, nearly all are
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Hawk—(Heb. netz, a word expressive of strong and rapid flight, and hence appropriate to the hawk). It is an unclean bird (Lev. 11:16; Deut. 14:15). It is common in Syria and surrounding countries. The Hebrew word includes various species of Falconidae, with special reference perhaps to the kestrel (Falco
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Hawkhawk, a common bird of prey in Palestine. The Hebrew term nēṣ applied to the sparrowhawk or the small but swift kestrel. As carnivorous birds, hawks were considered unclean and therefore inedible for the Hebrews (Deut. 14:11–18). Their raptorial habits make hawks valuable hunters of rodents and
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
HAWK<hok> ([נֵץ, nets]; [ἱέραξ, hierax], and [γλαυ̂ξ, glaux]; Latin Accipiter nisus): A bird of prey of the genus accipiter. Large hawks were numerous in Palestine. The largest were 2 ft. long, have flat heads, hooked beaks, strong talons and eyes appearing the keenest and most comprehensive of any
hawkHawks are any of various small to medium-sized birds of prey, or birds that pursue other animals for food. Hawks belong to the scientific family Accipitridae of the order Falconiformes; the genus Accipiter contains the birds known as the true hawks, which includes the goshawks and sparrowhawks.
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Hawk.(1) Different parts of a hawk:Arms. The legs from the thigh to the foot.Beak. The upper and crooked part of the bill.Beams. The long feathers of the wings.Clap. The nether part of the bill.Feathers summed. Feathers full grown and complete.Feathers unsummed. Feathers not yet full grown.Flags.
The Westminster Bible Dictionary