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and mode of seizing its prey-Various names of the Lion-Its courage when roused-Its roar, and peculiar mode of utterance-Invisibility of the Lion at dusk-The Lion lying in wait-The dwelling-place of the Lion-Its restlessness at night-Passages illustrative of these characteristics-Modes of capturing the Lion-The pitfall and the net-Lions kept as curiosities-The Lion-hunt as depicted on the buildings of ancient Nineveh..

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THE LEOPARD.

The Leopard not often mentioned in the Scriptures-Its attributes exactly described-Probability that several animals were classed under the name--How the Leopard takes its prey-Craft of the Leopard-Its ravages among the flocks-The empire of man over the beast-The Leopard at bay— Localities wherein the Leopard lives-The skin of the Leopard-Various passages of Scripture explained.

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THE CAT.

The Cat never mentioned by name in the canonical Scriptures, and only once in the Apocrypha The Cat domesticated among the Egyptians, and trained in bird-catching-Neglected capabilities of the Cat-Anecdote of an English Cat that caught fish for her master-Presumed reason why the Scriptures are silent about the Cat-The Cat mentioned by Baruch .

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THE DOG.

Antipathy displayed by Orientals towards the Dog, and manifested throughout the Scriptures-Contrast between European and Oriental Dogs-Habits of the Dogs of Palestine-The city Dogs and their singular organization --The herdsman's Dog-Various passages of Scripture-Dogs and the crumbsTheir numbers-Signor Pierotti's experience of the Dogs-Possibility of their perfect domestication-The peculiar humiliation of Lazarus-Voracity of the Wild Dogs-The fate of Ahab and Jezebel-Anecdote of a volunteer Watchdog-Innate affection of the Dog towards mankind-Peculiar local instinct of the Oriental Dog-Albert Smith's account of the Dogs at Constantinople— The Dervish and his Dogs-The Greyhound-Uncertainty of the word. 39

THE WOLF.

Identity of the animal indisputable-Its numbers, past and present-The Wolf never mentioned directly-Its general habits--References in Scripture-Its mingled ferocity and cowardice-Its association into packs-The Wolf's bite -How it takes its prey-Its ravages among the flocks-Allusions to this habit---The shepherd and his nightly enemies-Mr. Tristram and the WolfA semi-tamed Wolf at Marsaba.

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THE FOX, OR JACKAL.

The two animals comprehended under one name-The Jackal-Its numbers in ancient and modern Palestine-General habits of the Jackal-Localities where the Jackal is found-Samson, and the three hundred "foxes "Popular objections to the narrative-The required number easily obtained-Signor Pierotti's remarks upon the Jackal-An unpleasant position-How the fields were set on fire-The dread of fire inherent in wild beasts-The truth of the narrative proved-The Fox and Jackal destructive among grapes-Allusions to the Fox in the New Testament-Partially tamed Foxes

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THE HYENA.

The Hyæna not mentioned by name, but evidently alluded to-Signification of the word Zabua-Translated in the Septuagint as "Hyana"-A scene described by the Prophet Isaiah The Hyæna plentiful in Palestine at the present day -Its well-known cowardice and fear of man-The uses of the Hyæna, and the services which it renders-The particular species of Hyæna-The Hyæna in the burial-grounds--Hunting the Hyana-Curious superstition respecting the talismanic properties of its skin-Precautions adopted in flaying itPopular legends of the Hyæna and its magical powers-The cavern home of the Hyæna-The Valley of Zeboim. 62

THE WEASEL.

Difficulty of identifying the Weasel of Scripture The Weasel of PalestineSuggested identity with the Ichneumon

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THE FERRET.

Translation of the Hebrew word Anakah-The Shrew-mouse of PalestineEtymology of the word-The Gecko or Fan-foot, its habits and peculiar cry -Repugnance felt by the Arabs of the present day towards the Gecko . 69

THE BADGER.

Difficulty of identifying the Tachash of Scripture-References to "badgers' skins" -The Dugong thought to be the Badger-The Bedouin sandals-Nature of the materials for the Tabernacle-Habits of the Badger-The species found in Palestine-Uses of the Badgers' skins-Looseness of zoological terms. . 70

THE BEAR.

The Syrian Bear-Identity of the Hebrew and Arabic titles-Its colour variable according to age-Bears once numerous in Palestine, and now only occasionally seen-Reason for their diminution-Present localities of the Bear, and its favourite haunts-Food of the Bear-Its general habits-Its ravages among the flocks—The Bear dangerous to mankind-The Bear robbed of her whelps-Illustrative passages-Its mode of fighting-Various references to the Bear, from the time of Samuel to that of St. John.

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THE HEDGEHOG, OR BITTERN.

Various readings of the word Kippôd-The Jewish Bible and its object-The Syrian Hedgehog and its appearance-Its fondness for dry spots-The prophecies of Isaiah and Zephaniah, and their bearing on the subject—The Porcupine supposed to be the Kippôd-The Hedgehog and Porcupine called by the same name in Greek and Arabic-Habits of the Porcupine-Its quills, and the manner of their shedding

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THE PORCUPINE.

Presumed identity of the Kippôd with the Porcupine-The same Greek name applied to the Porcupine and Hedgehog-Habits of the Porcupine The common Porcupine found plentifully in Palestine

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THE MOLE.

The two Hebrew words which are translated as "Mole "-Obscurity of the former name-A parallel case in our own language-The second name-The Moles and the Bats, why associated together-The real Mole of Scripture, its different names, and its place in zoology-Description of the Mole-rat and its general habits-Curious superstition-Discovery of the species by Mr. Tristram-Scripture and science-How the Mole-rat finds its food-Distinction between the Mole and the present animal

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THE MOUSE.

Conjectures as to the right translation of the Hebrew word Akbar-Signification of the word-The Mice which marred the land-Miracles, and their economy of power-The Field-mouse-Its destructive habits and prolific nature-The insidious nature of its attacks, and its power of escaping observation-The Hamster, and its habits-Its custom of storing up provisions for the winter -Its fertility and unsociable nature—The Jerboa, its activity and destructiveness-Jerboas and Hamsters eaten by Arabs and Syrians-Various species of Dormice and Sand-rats.

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THE HARE.

The prohibitions of the Mosaic law-The chewing of the cud and division of the hoof-Identity of the Hare of Scripture-Rumination described-The Hare a rodent and not a ruminant-Cowper and his Hares-Structure of the rodent tooth-The Mosaic law accommodated to its recipients-The Hares of Palestine and their habits.

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CATTLE.

The cattle of Palestine, and their decadence at the present day-Ox-flesh not used for food in modern times-Oxen of the stall, and oxen of the pastureThe use of the ox in agriculture-The yoke and its structure-The plough and the goad-The latter capable of being used as a weapon-Treading out the corn-The cart and its wheels-The ox used as a beast of burden-Cattle turned loose to graze-The bulls of Bashan-Curiosity of the ox tribe-A season of drought-Branding the cattle-An Egyptian field scene-Cattlekeeping an honourable post-The ox as used for sacrifice Ox-worship-The bull Apis, and his history-Persistency of the bull-worship-Jeroboam's sin -Various names of cattle-The Indian buffalo. .

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THE WILD BULL.

The Tô, Wild Bull of the Old Testament-Passages in which it is mentioned—
The Wild Bull in the net-Hunting with nets in the East-The Oryx sup-
posed to be the Tô of Scripture-Description of the Oryx, its locality, ap-
pearance, and habits-The points in which the Oryx agrees with the Tô—
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THE REÊM, OR "UNICORN" OF SCRIPTURE.

The Reem evidently known to the Jews-Various theories concerning the Unicorn -Supposed identity with the Indian Rhinoceros-Passages of Scripture alluding to the strength, violent and intractable temper of the Reêm―The Reêm a two-horned animal-Its evident connexion with the Ox tribe-Its presumed identity with the now extinct Urus-Mr. Dawkins' treatise on the Urus-Enormous size and dangerous character of the Urus-Rabbinical legend of the Reêm-Identity of the Urus with the modern varieties of cattle-The Bull-hunts of Nineveh

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