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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature

Sparrow

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Sparrow occurs in;;;;; . The Hebrew word includes not only the sparrow, but also the whole family of small birds not exclusively feeding on grain, but denominated clean, or those that might be eaten according to the law. It includes many insectivorous and frugivorous species, all the thrushes we have in Europe, and the rose-colored ousel or locust-bird, rare with us, but numerous and cherished in the East, solely for the havoc it makes among locusts. It also includes perhaps the starlings, the nightingale, all the European larks, the wagtails, and all the tribe of finches; but not flycatchers, nor indeed swallows, which, there is reason to believe, were reckoned, along with night-hawks or goatsuckers, and crows, among the unclean and prohibited species. In Syria the sparrow is the same vivacious familiar bird we find it in Europe, and equally frequents the residence of man.

 

 

 

 

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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Sparrow'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature". https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/kbe/s/sparrow.html.

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