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Wild Beast

Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

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is the rendering of the A.V. at Psalm 1:11; Psalms 80:13 [elsewhere "abundance," Isaiah 66:11], of זַיז, ziz, a poetical word for any moving creature of the field. Another Heb. term, chayah (חִיָּה, Sept. θηρίον, ζῶον, θήρ, τετράπους, κτῆνος, ἑρπετόν, θηριάλωτος, βρωτός; Vulg.fera, aninzantia, animal), also rendered "beast," "wild beast," is the feminine of the adjective חִי, "living," used to denote any animal. It is, however, very frequently used specially of "wild beast," when the meaning is often more filly expressed by the addition of the word הִָֹשּׁדֶה, has-sadeh (wild beast) "of the field" (Exodus 23:11; Leviticus 26:22; Deuteronomy 7:22; Hosea 2:14; Hosea 13:8; Jeremiah 12:9, etc.). Similar is the use of the Chaldee חֵיוָא, cheyvahf (Daniel 4:7). (See BEAST).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Wild Beast'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/​encyclopedias/​eng/​tce/​w/wild-beast.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.
 
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