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February 23    Scripture

Bible Animals: Kite
Kite in the ancient World.

Ancient Kite. THE Hebrew word which is translated " Kite " in Leviticus xi. 14, and Deuteronomy xiv. 13, is translated " vulture " in Job xxviii. .7. The kite and the vulture are entirely different, however. Both are birds of prey, and are remarkably clear-sighted and swift-winged, but the kite subsists on living prey, while the vulture plays the part of a scavenger by consuming dead prey. Two species of the kite are found in the Holy Land. The red kite is found everywhere. It has long and powerful wings, and a deeply-forked tail. The black kite is also very common. Both species are very swift upon the wing, and fierce in pursuit of their prey. - Animals, Birds, Insects, And Reptiles Of The Bible

Kite in Easton's Bible Dictionary an unclean and keen-sighted bird of prey (Lev. 11:14; Deut. 14:13). The Hebrew word used, _'ayet_, is rendered "vulture" in Job 28:7 in Authorized Version, "falcon" in Revised Version. It is probably the red kite (Milvus regalis), a bird of piercing sight and of soaring habits found all over Israel.
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Kite in Fausset's Bible Dictionary 'ayyah (Leviticus 11:14). The red kite, Milvus regalis, remarkable for its sharp sight (Job 28:7, where for "vulture" translated "kite," 'ayyah even its eye fails to penetrate the miner's hidden "path"; Deuteronomy 14:13). From an Arabic root "to turn," the kite sailing in circles guided by the rudder- like tail. The phrase "after its kind" implies that a genus or class of birds, not merely one individual, is meant. The bony orbits of the eye and the eye itself are especially large in proportion to the skull, in all the Raptores. The sclerotic plates enclose the eye as in a hoop, in the form of a goblet with a trumpet rim; by this the eye becomes a self-adjusting telescope to discern near or far objects. Hence, when a beast dies in a wilderness, in a very short time kites and vultures, invisible before to man, swoop in spiral circles from all quarters toward it.
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Kite in Naves Topical Bible -A bird forbidden as food Le 11:14; De 14:13
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Kite in Smiths Bible Dictionary (Heb. ayyah), a rapacious and keen-sighted bird of prey belonging to the hawk family. The Hebrew word thus rendered occurs in three passages -- Le 11:14; De 14:13; Job 28:7 In the two former it is translated "kite" in the Authorized Version, in the latter "vulture." It is enumerated among the twenty names of birds mentioned in De 14:1 ... which were considered unclean by the Mosaic law and forbidden to be used as food by the Israelites.
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Kite in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE kit ('ayyah; iktinos; Latin Milvus ictinus or regalis): A medium-sized member of the hawk tribe (see HAWK). This bird is 27 inches long, of bright reddish-brown color, has sharply pointed wings and deeply forked tail. It is supposed to have exceptionally piercing eyes. It takes moles, mice, young game birds, snakes and frogs, as well as carrion for food. Its head and facial expression are unusually eagle-like. It was common over Israel in winter, but bred in the hills of Galilee and rough mountainous places, so it was less conspicuous in summer. It is among the lists of abominations (see Lev 11:14 and Dt 14:13). It is notable that this is the real bird intended by Job to be used as that whose eye could not trace the path to the silver mine: "That path no bird of prey knoweth, Neither hath the falcon's eye seen it" (Job 28:7). The word used here in the original Hebrew is 'ayyah, which was the name for kite. Our first translators used "vulture"; our latest efforts give "falcon," a smaller bird of different markings, not having the kite's reputation for eyesight. Gene Stratton-Porter
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Kite in Wikipedia Kite. As suggested by the analogy with the Arabic, the black kite (milvus nigrans) is probably meant by Hebr. d'ah or dyyah (Leviticus 11:14; Deuteronomy 14:13; Isaiah 34:15), interpreted kite in the D.V.; it is one of the most common of the scavenger birds of prey of the country, and for this reason, is carefully protected by the villagers. Other kinds of kites, in particular the milvus regalis, are common in Israel.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kite_(bird)


Kite Scripture - Deuteronomy 14:13 And the glede, and the kite, and the vulture after his kind,
http://www.bible-history.com/kjv/Deuteronomy/14/


Kite Scripture - Leviticus 11:14 And the vulture, and the kite after his kind;
http://www.bible-history.com/kjv/Leviticus/11/


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