A Natural History of Biblical Lands (1)

These are the beasts which ye shall eat ... the hart, and the roebuck, and the fallow deer, and the wild goat, and the pygarg, and the wild ox, and the chamois (Deut 14:4-5).

There is a species of animal mentioned once in the Scriptures as the “pygarg.” The Hebrew name is “dishon” which the Jewish Bible leaves untranslated, whilst the Septuagint translates it by “pugargos”, or pygarg. The Greek word means “white-crouped” whilst the Hebrew word c…

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