A small bird of the Columbidae family. Three varieties of the small species of pigeon identified as a “turtledove” are known in Palestine. Noah uses doves to determine if the Flood has subsided (Gen 8:8-12
). (Lev 12:8
) prescribes the offering of a pair of doves or two young pigeons to purify the mother after childbirth if the family can not afford a lamb. Doves for such offerings were sold in the Temple court (Mark 11:15
; John 2:14
). Mary makes this offering after the birth of Jesus (Luke 2:4
). The stories of Jesus’s baptism all describe the descent of the Holy Spirit on Jesus “like a dove” (Mark 1:10
; Matt 3:16
; Luke 3:22
; John 1:32
8Then he sent out the dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground;9but the dove found no place to set its foot, and it returned ... View more
8If she cannot afford a sheep, she shall take two turtledoves or two pigeons, one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering; and the priest shall ma ... View more
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
15Then they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in th ... View more
14In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables.
4Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of Da ... View more
10And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.
16And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a do ... View more
22and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
32And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him.