A small wild pigeon. This bird migrates through Israel in the spring on the way from its winter quarters in Africa to its breeding areas in Europe. The turtledove is mentioned in the Bible mainly as a sacrifice (Gen 15:9; Lev 1:14; Lev 5:7), although (Jer 8:7) alludes to its seasonal appearance (see also Song 2:12). In (Luke 2:24), Mary sacrifices a turtledove after the birth of Jesus.

Gen 15:9

9He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”

Lev 1:14

14If your offering to the Lord is a burnt offering of birds, you shall choose your offering from turtledoves or pigeons.

Lev 5:7

7But if you cannot afford a sheep, you shall bring to the Lord, as your penalty for the sin that you have committed, two turtledoves or two pigeons, one for a s ... View more

Jer 8:7

7Even the stork in the heavens
knows its times;
and the turtledove, swallow, and crane
observe the time of their coming;
but my people do not know
the ordinance ... View more

Song 2:12

12The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land.

Luke 2:24

24and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

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