Animals In The Bible
One of the most important things in the life of a Christian is going to be understanding the animals in the Bible. The issue that I am really getting at in all of this is that there is no way that a person can study the Bible and not have a fundamental understanding of the historical accounts of the Israelites. You see, the genealogies of the historical Jesus are based upon the genealogies of the historical Joseph and as we have seen, the genealogies of Joseph are very short. It is impossible for even Christians to follow the genealogies of Joseph without having some understanding of the historical Jesus and even then, the genealogies of Jesus are extremely thin. Let's look at a little example from the gospels and other historical documents that will illustrate this point. In the gospels we have an account of the woman who was healed by the Lord after being tied up and smitten by a leper. Next we read about the stone rolled away from the grave, which was originally on the side of the grave but rolled back to its original position.
This means that the stone was removed by someone. Next we read about the women who found the empty place where the stone had been rolled away. These women brought the empty stone to Jesus and he used it to cover the burial place of Jesus. Now when we examine these two accounts, we see that they are very different. The first account deals with the rich man being healed by the Lord, while the second describes the woman who was smitten. Why is this so? Because in the gospels, the healings take place on the surface of the earth while in the second account, the event takes place under the earth. Nowhere in the bible does it mention anything about the stone rolling or the empty place. Further, if we go back to the account in the Deuteronomy, we will find that it speaks about the antelope that had been found bleeding in the field. The people from Israel hunted this antelope and took it to Bethlehem. The people from Bethlehem baked the antelope into a pie and ate it. Afterwards, the people went their way and did not tell the antelope's story to any other people. Therefore, the antelope is not mentioned in the Hebrew Bible at all. Another example of this is found in the book of Numbers. When the Israelites reached the end of the ten years during the time of the Judges, they put to death the men of the enemy, but they did not add to the list of the dead men. When they went to redeem their land from the Mohegans, they found a stray pig that they tied to a stick and set a stake to it. The pig would never move and so they killed it. But in the book of Numbers, there is no mention of any animal being smitten with lightning or eaten by wild beasts. So, we can see that there are some Christians who believe that the entire story of the antelope in Numbers is a historical fact and is symbolic of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The antelope in Deuteronomy is also symbolic of Samson, the son of Navea. The story says that Samson went into Egypt and killed the ram of the Egyptian princess. This was supposedly done because the princess was not satisfied with Samson's loyalty to her. In other words, she wished that Samson would abandon her alone and live by himself, which is what the Bible says that he did. One other example is found in the book of 1 Kings. There the king went into the territory of Moab with his army and burned the cities of Nineveh and Jezreel. He took the women of Nineveh into his camp, took the livestock of Moab and the possessions of the queen of Nineveh. This was supposedly done as a retribution for the evil acts of the enemy. However, some scholars believe that the story is not literal but more of a moral lesson that the king conveyed through his actions. For example, the fact that the women were concubines was not intended but was the result of their behavior when they were taken captive by the enemy forces. Another example can be found in the book of Joshua. In this book, Joshua, being a military leader, surrounded the city of Jericho with warriors and troops. But the people of Jericho did not have enough food to last during the ten days' battle. The enemy was very hungry, so they burnt to death all the men and animals they could get hold of. The ax was used to grind up the flesh into bread and the sweat of the men lasted only three days so the ax was used to grind the grain and the sweat helped dry the grain so that the people would not die of thirst.