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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Boar occurs in Leviticus 11:7; Deuteronomy 14:8; Psalms 80:13; Proverbs 11:22; Isaiah 65:4; Isaiah 66:3; Isaiah 66:17.

The Hebrew, Egyptian, Arabian, Phoenician, and other neighboring nations abstained from hog's flesh, and consequently, excepting in Egypt, and (at a later period) beyond the Sea of Galilee, no domesticated swine were reared. Although in Palestine, Syria, and Phoenicia hogs were rarely domesticated, wild boars are often mentioned in the Scriptures, and they were frequent in the time of the Crusades. At present wild boars frequent the marshes of the Delta, and are not uncommon on Mount Carmel and in the valley of Ajalah. They are abundant about the sources of the Jordan, and lower down where the river enters the Dead Sea. The wild boar of the East, though commonly smaller than the old breeds of domestic swine, grows occasionally to a very large size. It is passive while unmolested, but vindictive and fierce when roused. It is doubtful whether the species is the same as that of Europe, for the farrow are not striped: most likely it is identical with the wild hog of India.





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Boar'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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