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The atalleph, νυκτερίς,'night bird,' is the animal well known as the bat: it was in the law forbidden to be eaten. Leviticus 11:19 ; Deuteronomy 14:18 . There are several species found in Palestine: they inhabit the tombs and caves, and are familiar with darkness. Where there are many the effluvium from them is very noisome. Their habitation becomes a fit emblem of darkness and offensiveness, a place to which men will cast their idols of gold and silver when Jehovah arises to deal with the earth. Isaiah 2:20 .


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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Bat '. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/mbd/b/bat.html. 1897.

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