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Bible Animals: Bear
Bear in the ancient World.

Bears in the Bible. Allusions to its fierceness and destructiveness. - Animal Life in the Scriptures

Ancient Bear. THE Bear mentioned in the Bible is unquestionably the Syrian bear, which is still found on the higher mountains of Pales­tine. During the summer months, these bears confine themselves in the snowy summits of Lebanon, but in the winter they descend to the villages and gardens in search of food. It is probable also that at this period, in former days, they ex­tended their visits to other parts of Israel. We read in the Scriptures of a bear being found in a wood between Jericho and Bethel (2 Kings ii. 24); it is not improbable, therefore, that the destruction of the forty-two children who mocked Elisha took place sometime in the winter when these animals inhabited the lowlands of Israel. - Animals, Birds, Insects, And Reptiles Of The Bible

Bear in Naves Topical Bible -Ferocity of 2Sa 17:8; Pr 17:12; 28:15; Isa 11:7; 59:11; La 3:10; Ho 3:3 -Two destroy the young men of Beth-el who mocked Elisha 2Ki 2:24 -FIGURATIVE

Bear in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE bar (dobh; compare Arabic dubb): In 1 Sam 17:34-37, David tells Saul how as a shepherd boy he had overcome a lion and a bear. In 2 Ki 2:24 it is related that two she bears came out of the wood and tore forty-two of the children who had been mocking Elisha. All the other references to bears are figurative; compare 2 Sam 17:8; Prov 17:12; 28:15; Isa 11:7; 59:11; Lam 3:10; Dan 7:5; Hos 13:8; Am 5:19; Rev 13:2. The Syrian bear, sometimes named as a distinct species, Ursus Syriacus, is better to be regarded as merely a local variety of the European and Asiatic brown bear, Ursus arctos. It still exists in small numbers in Lebanon and is fairly common in Anti-Lebanon and Hermon. It does not seem to occur now in Israel proper, but may well have done so in Bible times. It inhabits caves in the high and rugged mountains and issues mainly at night to feed on roots and vegetables. It is fond of the chummuc or chick-pea which is sometimes planted in the upland meadows, and the fields have to be well guarded. The figurative re ferences to the bear take account of its ferocious nature, especially in the case of the she bear robbed of her whelps (2 Sam 17:8; Prov 17:12; Hos 13:8). It is with this character of the bear in mind that Isaiah says (11:7), "And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together." Alfred Y. Day

Bear in Wikipedia The bear spoken of in the Bible is the ursus syriacus, scarcely different from the brown bear of Europe. Since the destruction of the forests, it is now rarely seen south of Lebanon and Hermon, where it is common. Not unfrequently met in the Holy Land during the Old Testament times, it was much dreaded on account of its ferocious and destructive instincts; to dare it was accordingly a mark of uncommon courage (1 Samuel 17:34-36). Its terror-striking roars and its fierceness, especially when robbed of its cubs, are repeatedly alluded to.

Bear Scripture - Isaiah 59:11 We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but [there is] none; for salvation, [but] it is far off from us.

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