How Many Biblical Animals Can You Identify?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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The Bible mentions approximately 100 animals ranging from domesticated to wild and even mystical – but no cats! If you know a thing or two about Biblical animals, how many can you name from a single image? Take our quiz and find out!

Camels are mentioned in several places in the Bible. In the book of Matthew, Jesus makes the point that a rich man would have more difficulty getting into heaven than a camel would getting through the eye of a needle.

The first time a dove is mentioned in the Bible is in the book of Genesis, where Noah uses a dove to determine if the waters of the great flood had receded. On the second attempt, the dove returned with an olive leaf. On the third attempt, it did not return.

The antelope is mentioned at least 4 times in the Bible, including in the books of Deuteronomy, 2 Samuel and Isaiah. In Psalms, the writer compares his soul’s yearning for God to an antelope’s yearning for “streams of water.”

The ox is mentioned numerous times in the Bible. One of these occurs in the book of Luke when Jesus criticizes the Pharisees for their hypocrisy about work on the Sabbath.

Two similar references to apes occur in the books of 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles. They tell of apes being imported by King Solomon along with other expensive goods, such as gold, ivory and peacocks.

In the book of Exodus, lice become the third plague sent by God unto the Egyptians. Some researchers suggested that the actual animals might have been ticks or gnats.

Both the books of Ezekiel and Luke make reference to foxes and their cunning nature. In at least one other case when the fox is spoken of, some researchers think the animal is actually a jackal.

Mention of the bear in the Bible typically deals with its ferocious nature and the bravery of those who face it. One such example is given by David in the book of 1 Samuel as he speaks with Saul.

The dog is spoken of many times in the Bible and not favorably in most instances. It is seen as an unclean animal, although good at protecting one’s home and livestock.

In the book of Leviticus, the breeding of mules is strictly forbidden. Persons could, however, use mules – as was mentioned several times in the Old Testament. The New Testament does not mention mules at all.

To help Moses free the Israelites from the Egyptians, God sent ten plagues, each one worse than the one before. Locusts were the eighth plague. Before them, the plague was a thunderstorm of hail and after them it was 3 days of darkness.

Several words are used in the Bible to refer to snakes. They include adder, asp, serpent and viper.

When the flea is spoken of in the Bible, it is usually as a symbol of something that is insignificant. Such is the case in the book of 1 Samuel when David speaks with King Saul and refers to himself as a flea.

One of the times that the owl is mentioned in the Bible is in the book of Leviticus among a list of unclean animals which should not be eaten. The list contains several other birds, including eagle, swan, raven and stork.

In the Bible, vain and fruitless efforts are, on occasion, likened to a spider’s web. In the book of Job, the spider’s web is used to describe the trustworthiness of a hypocrite.

The word “basilisk” is used on several occasions in the Bible and usually as something fearsome. Researchers often suggest that the name is meant to refer to different types of snakes.

The partridge is only mentioned a few times in the Bible. One of those is in the book of Jeremiah, where wealth acquired unlawfully is compared to a partridge sitting on eggs that do not hatch.

A leviathan is a mythical creature which could represent any large sea creature. Researchers suggest that the leviathan mentioned in the Bible might be referring to a whale, a dragon, a crocodile or an actual sea monster.

The chameleon is listed in the book of Leviticus among the unclean animals. It is mentioned in the same verse with the ferret, lizard, snail and mole.

The book of Proverbs is the only place in the Bible that speaks of the leech. It says the leech has two daughters and lists them as Give and Give.

Eagles (and other large birds of prey) are mentioned in several places in the Bible. In both Exodus and Deuteronomy, God’s way of caring for his people is likened to the care the eagle takes of its young in teaching them to fly.

Flies were a part of the fourth plague that God sent upon the Egyptians so that they would set the Israelites free. In some instances, the fourth plague is said to consist of wild animals, not flies.

In both the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy, the kite is mentioned among several other birds of prey which are unclean and not to be eaten. There are other instances in which its keen eyesight is referred to.

The book of Judges tells how Samson singlehandedly defeated a thousand Philistines. It is said he did this with the jawbone of an ass.

Rams are mentioned several times in the Bible, beginning in the very first book, Genesis. In one case, God miraculously provides a ram for Abraham to offer as a sacrifice in place of his son, Isaac.

Several Old Testament books mention bees and the places they can be found. These include rocks, hollow trees and dried carcasses as told in Psalms, 1 Samuel and Judges, respectively.

Researchers feel that the term “leopard” in the Bible may have referred not just to the leopard but also to several other species of felines. The descriptions found often point out its fierceness, cunning and spotted coat.

Although lions once existed in the region that is now Israel, they are currently extinct there. The lion is mentioned over 100 times throughout the Bible.

The ibis is listed in the book of Leviticus among the unclean birds which should not be eaten. Some researchers have suggested that the translated name refers to another type of bird and not the ibis.

Mention of scorpions in the Bible tends to be related to wicked persons or to scourges. They are also mentioned alongside serpents in the book of Deuteronomy.

In the books of Exodus and Numbers, quails are sent by God as a miraculous and plentiful supply of food for the Israelites. In the rendition in Numbers, the quails were said to fly in huge numbers, close to the ground and were easily caught by hand.

Translations for “crocodile” vary among versions of the Bible. For example, some place it in the book of Leviticus among unclean animals while others translations use the word “lizard” instead.

There are numerous mentions of the horse in the Bible. On most occasions, it is in connection with wartime activities.

The ivory of the elephant is mentioned in the book of 1 Kings as one of several expensive imported items. There is a similar mention in 2 Chronicles.

The Bible references hornets as a means of inflicting pain and terror. In the books of Exodus, Deuteronomy and Joshua, hornets are the suggest as the way to drive out the Canaanites

The first mention of raven in the Bible comes in the book of Genesis. It was one of the birds sent out by Noah from the Ark as a way to tell if the waters of the great flood had receded.

Mention of coral in the Bible associates it with expensive things. It is listed in the book of Job with both pearls and rubies.

Apart from being listed in the book of Leviticus as one of the unclean birds, the stork is also mentioned in the book of Jeremiah. There, its periodic migrations to Israel is spoken of.

The book of Leviticus names the buffalo as an unclean animal which should not be consumed. There are several other references to the buffalo in the Bible, some of these making note of its strength.

There are numerous mentions of sheep in the Bible. The care of sheep by shepherds is also often pointed out as in the New Testament when shepherds are made aware of Jesus’ birth.

Bats are the only mammals that can fly. This may account for them being listed in the book of Leviticus among unclean birds which should not be eaten.

In the Bible, the lamb is often used as a symbol of meekness and innocence. It is also used in reference to Jesus as the Lamb of God.

The terms rooster, cock and hen are used many times in the Bible. In the book of Matthew, Jesus correctly tells Peter that before the cock crows he will deny knowing Jesus three times.

Fish are mentioned on numerous occasions in the Bible. One miracle performed by Jesus which includes fish is the Feeding of the 5000.

There is at least one occasion in the Bible where some researchers feel the hippopotamus is being spoken of. The term used is “behemoth” but the description seems to specifically refer to the hippopotamus (or rhinoceros).

Both the domesticated goat and wild goat (or ibex) are mentioned in the Bible. Large domesticated herds represented wealth, and their usefulness is often referred to.

In the Bible, cruelty, treachery and a warlike character are frequently compared to the wolf. Their threat to flocks is also referenced.

The term “behemoth” in the Bible has been taken to refer to various large mammals. It is usually used in reference to their strength.

The sole mention of the swan in the Bible is among the list of unclean birds. It is named along other birds such as the pelican, eagle and owl.

The hare is listed in the book of Leviticus among the unclean animals which are not permitted as food. The reason given is that they do not have divided hoofs.

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