Manners & Customs: Cats
Cats in the Ancient World
Cat in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
(ailouros): The only mention of this animal is in Baruch 6:22.
It is not mentioned in the canonical Scriptures, though
Bochart (Hieroz., 862) gives "wild cats" as the equivalent of
tsyim in Isa 13:21; 34:14; Jer 50:39; Ps 74:19, where English
Versions of the Bible gives "wild beasts of the desert."
Mention is, however, made of cats, cathod, in the Welsh Bible
(lsa 34:14). The only mention of the catta in classical Latin
writers is in Martial xiii.69. How the cat was regarded in
Egypt is described in Herod. ii.66 and Rawlinson's notes. In
Baruch 6:22 cats are mentioned with "bats, swallows and birds"
as sitting with impunity on the images of the heathen gods
which are unable to drive them off.
Cat Scripture - Isaiah 13:21
But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their
houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall
dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.
Cat Scripture - Isaiah 34:14
The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild
beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow;
the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a
place of rest.
Cat Scripture - Jeremiah 50:39
Therefore the wild beasts of the desert with the wild beasts
of the islands shall dwell [there], and the owls shall dwell
therein: and it shall be no more inhabited for ever; neither
shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation.
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