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Heron
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Heron
Heron A large, unclean bird, many of which are found in Palestine (Lev 11:19; Deut 14:18).
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Heron
Heron. Long-necked wading bird, considered unclean under Jewish law (Lv 11:19; Dt 14:18).See Birds.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Heron
Heron[Heb ʾanāp̱â; Gk. charadriós; Lat Ardea cinerea]; NEB CORMORANT. Herons are mentioned only in the abomination lists of Lev. 11:19 and Dt. 14:18. They are near relatives of the crane, stork, ibis, and bittern. The Hebrew term may have been a generic name for the seven or so varieties of Ardeidae
Abomination, Birds Of
Abomination, Birds Of The twenty birds listed in Lev. 11:13–19 (NEB “vermin”).
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Heron
HERON Long-necked wading bird, considered unclean under Jewish law (Lv 11:19; Dt 14:18). See Birds.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Heron
heron, any of the family Ardeidae of wading birds, with long thin legs and necks, that feed on fish and other marine life. The Hebrews considered them unclean, so they were not to be eaten (Lev. 11:19; Deut. 14:18).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Heron
Heron (Heb. ˒anāpâ “short-tempered”). Any of several long-necked, long-legged birds of the family Ardeidae; biblical usage also so designates birds of similar species. According to Lev. 11:19 and Deut. 14:18, the several species of heron found even today in Palestine and surrounding regions were
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Heron
Heron, Lev. 11:19; Deut. 14:18, a common large, wading, unclean bird. Nearly all of the species known in English ornithology are found in the vicinity of Palestine. Canon Cook and others think the bird intended is the plover (Charadrius ædicnemus), a greedy, thick-kneed, high-flying migratory bird, very
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Heron
Heron(Lev. 11:19; Deut. 14:18), ranked among the unclean birds. The Hebrew name is ʾanaphah, and indicates that the bird so named is remarkable for its angry disposition. “The herons are wading-birds, peculiarly irritable, remarkable for their voracity, frequenting marshes and oozy rivers, and spread
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Heron
Heronheron, any of the family Ardeidae of wading birds with long thin legs and necks who feed on fish and other marine life. The Hebrews considered them unclean (Lev. 11:19; Deut. 14:18).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
HERON
HERON<her’-un> ([אֲנָפָה‎, ’anaphah]; [χαραδριός, charadrios]; Latin Ardea cinerea): Herons are mentioned only in the abomination lists of Lev 11:19 (margin “ibis”) and Dt 14:18. They are near relatives of crane, stork, ibis and bittern. These birds, blue, white or brown, swarmed in Europe and
ABOMINATION, BIRDS OF
ABOMINATION, BIRDS OFLeviticus 11:13-19: “And these ye shall have in abomination among the birds; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the gier-eagle, and the osprey, and the kite, and the falcon after its kind, every raven after its kind, and the ostrich, and the night-hawk,
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Heron
Herʹon, an unclean bird, but of what species is quite uncertain (Lev. 11:19; Deut. 14:18). The name thus rendered is probably a generic name for some well-known class of birds. The only point on which any two commentators seem to agree is that it is not the heron.
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Heron
HERON Any of a family of wading birds with long necks and legs (Areidae), which were regarded as unclean (Lev. 11:19; Deut. 14:18).