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Eagle (Heb. nesker; a tearer with the beak). There can be little doubt that the eagle of Scripture is the griffon (Gyps fulvus), or great vulture, see margin of the R. V., Leviticus 11:13, a bird very abundant in Palestine and adjacent countries. In spite of its name, it is a much nobler bird than a common vulture, and is scarcely more of a carrion-feeder than are all eagles. Indeed, the griffon is used by the orientals as the type of the lordly and the great. This well-known bird of prey was unclean by the Levitical law. Leviticus 11:13; Deuteronomy 14:12. It is called the "great vulture" in the margin of the R. V. The habits of the eagle are described in Numbers 24:21; Job 9:26; Job 39:27-30; Proverbs 23:5; Proverbs 30:17; Proverbs 30:19; Jeremiah 49:16; Ezekiel 17:3; Obadiah 1:4; Habakkuk 1:8; Habakkuk 2:9; Matthew 24:28; Luke 17:37.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Eagle'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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