Bat in Easton's Bible Dictionary
The Hebrew word (atalleph') so rendered (Lev. 11:19; Deut.
14:18) implies "flying in the dark." The bat is
the birds in the list of unclean animals. To cast
idols to the
"moles and to the bats" means to carry them into dark
desolate places to which these animals resort (Isa.
to consign them to desolation or ruin.
Bat in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
(hatalleph; "the darkness bird".) Delighting in dark holes and
caverns. This is the point of Isaiah 2:20, "a man shall cast
his idols to the bats," while the idolaters themselves shall
vainly hide in the rock from the wrath of the Lamb (Revelation
6:16). Unclean in the eye of the law (Deuteronomy 14:18-19;
Leviticus 11:19-20). Ranked among "all fowls that creep, going
upon all four;" it has claws on its pinions, by which it
attaches itself to a surface, and creeps along it. It is
connected with quadrupeds: the bones of the arm (answering to
a bird's wing) and fingers being elongated, and a membrane
extended over them to the hind limbs.
Bat in Naves Topical Bible
-General scriptures concerning
Le 11:19; De 14:18; Isa 2:20
Bat in Smiths Bible Dictionary
Le 11:19; De 14:18 Many travellers have noticed the immense
numbers of bats that are found in caverns in the East, and Mr.
Layard said that on the occasion of a visit to a cavern these
noisome beasts compelled him to retreat.
Bat in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
(`aTaleph; Lev 11:19; Dt 14:18; Isa 2:20): Bats are the most
widely distributed of mammals, reaching even the oceanic
islands, and modern science has revealed the existence of an
astonishing number of species, nearly twenty being recorded
from Israel. These include both fruit-eating and insect-
eating bats, the latter being the smaller. It has not always
been realized that they are mammals, and so it is not
surprising that they should be mentioned at the end of the
list of unclean birds in Lev 11:19 and Dt 14:18. It may,
however, be significant that they are at the end of the list
and not in the middle of it. The fruit bats are a pest to
horticulturists and often strip apricot and other trees
before the fruit has ripened enough to be picked. On this
account the fruit is often enclosed in bags, or the whole
tree may be surrounded with a great sheet or net. They
commonly pick the fruit and eat it on some distant perch
beneath which the seeds and the ordure of these animals are
scattered. The insect bats, as in other countries, flit
about at dusk and through the night catching mosquitoes and
larger insects, and so are distinctly beneficial.
The reference in Isa 2:20, "cast .... idols .... to the
moles and to the bats" refers of course to these animals as
inhabitants of dark and deserted places. As in the case of
many animal names the etymology of `aTaleph is doubtful.
Various derivations have been proposed but none can be
regarded as satisfactory. The Arabic name, waTwaT, throws no
light on the question.
Alfred Ely Day
Bat in Wikipedia
The bat, fourteen species of which still exist in Israel is reckoned among unclean "winged things" (Leviticus 11:19; Deuteronomy 14:18). Its abode is generally in dark and desolate places such as ruins and caverns.
Bats Scripture - Isaiah 2:20
In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his
idols of gold, which they made [each one] for himself to
worship, to the moles and to the bats;