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Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary

Ossifrage

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פרס , Leviticus 11:13; Deuteronomy 14:12 . Interpreters are not agreed on this bird; some read "vulture," others "the black eagle," others "the falcon." The name peres, by which it is called in Hebrew, denotes "to crush, to break;" and this name agrees with our version, which implies "the bone-breaker," which name is given to a kind of eagle, from the circumstance of its habit of breaking the bones of its prey, after it has eaten the flesh: some say also, that he even swallows the bones thus broken. Onkelos uses a word which signifies "naked," and leads us to the vulture: indeed, if we were to take the classes of birds in any thing like a natural order in the passages here referred to, the vulture should follow the eagle as an unclean bird. The Septuagint interpreter also renders vulture; and so do Munster. Schindler, and the Zurick versions.

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Ossifrage'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/wtd/o/ossifrage.html. 1831-2.

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