hunting

hunting

An activity seldom mentioned in the Bible and apparently not a common occupation among the Israelites. Neither of the two men in the OT specifically designated as hunters, Nimrod (Gen 10:9) and Esau (Gen 25:27), were Israelites. Much more common for the Hebrews was the killing of game encountered by chance (Judg 14:6) or the killing of wild animals that attacked the shepherd’s flocks (lions and bears are mentioned specifically in 1Sam 17:34-36). The typical weapons used for hunting included bow and arrow (Gen 27:3), the sling and slingstone (1Sam 17:40; 1Sam 17:49-50), and the shepherd’s staff (1Sam 17:40). Along with hunting, fishing (Isa 19:8) and trapping birds with nets (Amos 3:5; Prov 6:5; Ps 91:3; Ps 124:7) are mentioned. Wild animals considered acceptable for food and thus apparently hunted included the hart, the gazelle, the roebuck, the wild goat, the ibex, the antelope, and the mountain sheep (all listed in Deut 14:5). Forbidden to the Hebrews, but apparently acceptable to the Canaanites, were the hare and the wild pig (Lev 11:6-7).

Gen 10:9

9He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the Lord.”

Gen 25:27

27When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, living in tents.

Judg 14:6

6The spirit of the Lord rushed on him, and he tore the lion apart barehanded as one might tear apart a kid. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he ... View more

1Sam 17:34-36

34But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father; and whenever a lion or a bear came, and took a lamb from the flock,35I went after it ... View more

Gen 27:3

3Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field, and hunt game for me.

1Sam 17:40

40Then he took his staff in his hand, and chose five smooth stones from the wadi, and put them in his shepherd's bag, in the pouch; his sling was in his hand, a ... View more

1Sam 17:49-50

49David put his hand in his bag, took out a stone, slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead; the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down ... View more

1Sam 17:40

40Then he took his staff in his hand, and chose five smooth stones from the wadi, and put them in his shepherd's bag, in the pouch; his sling was in his hand, a ... View more

Isa 19:8

8Those who fish will mourn;
all who cast hooks in the Nile will lament,
and those who spread nets on the water will languish.

Amos 3:5

5Does a bird fall into a snare on the earth,
when there is no trap for it?
Does a snare spring up from the ground,
when it has taken nothing?

Prov 6:5

5save yourself like a gazelle from the hunter,
like a bird from the hand of the fowler.

Ps 91:3

3For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence;

Ps 124:7

7We have escaped like a bird
from the snare of the fowlers;
the snare is broken,
and we have escaped.

Deut 14:5

5the deer, the gazelle, the roebuck, the wild goat, the ibex, the antelope, and the mountain-sheep.

Lev 11:6-7

6The hare, for even though it chews the cud, it does not have divided hoofs; it is unclean for you.7The pig, for even though it has divided hoofs and is cleft-f ... View more

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