Bible Dictionaries

Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible


Additional Links

HORNET ( Exodus 23:28 , Deuteronomy 7:20 , Joshua 24:12 ). In all three references the hornet is mentioned as an instrument of the Lord to drive out the Canaanites. By most interpreters a literal interpretation is accepted, but a metaphorical use of the word is contended for by some. Sayce has suggested that the reference may be to the armies of Rameses iii., as the standard-bearers wore two devices like flies. The most plentiful hornet in Palestine is the Vespa orientalis . Hornets attack only when interfered with.

E. W. G. Masterman.

Copyright Statement
These files are public domain.
Text Courtesy of Used by Permission.

Bibliography Information
Hastings, James. Entry for 'Hornet'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

Search for…
Enter query in the box below:
Choose a letter to browse:
Prev Entry
Horned Snake
Next Entry