Here are two more birds that are listed on the “Do Not Eat” list. A Gripe and an Aliet.
Leviticus 11:13 These things be of (the) fowls which ye shall not eat, and shall be eschewed of you (and shall be shunned by you); an eagle, and a gripe, [and] an aliet,
Deuteronomy 14:12 (but) eat ye not unclean birds, that is, an eagle, and a gripe, and an aliet,
Interesting note about how these birds are listed in the “Do Not Eat List” Here is what the Expositor’s Bible Commentary (Abridged Edition): Old Testament says:
“13-19 There was no easy rule of thumb for clean birds. A negative list is given that in cases is difficult to translate with certainty. The different modern versions vary in detail. In general carrion-eating and fish-eating birds were forbidden, just as they are not used for food today. Chickens are not mentioned in the OT. The eating of bird eggs and the mother bird together is forbidden in Deuteronomy 22:6, apparently for conservation reasons. If the eggs are taken, the mother bird will lay more; but if the mother bird is taken, there will be no more eggs! Doves, their eggs, and their young were eaten.
After doing some searching on Google, the Gripe doesn’t seem to be a recognizable bird today. When searching for the Aliet, After just about giving up, this interesting article was found:
Hearldry is a displaying of different Coats of Arms. The bird in on this Crest or Coat of Arms is the Aliet:
These verses in other translations indicate some type of birds of prey. That is what is article is saying also. If you can read the “old English”, notice that it mentions “This Fowl hath her Tallons or Pounces inwardly crooked like a hook.” That is a good description of a Hawk, Falcon, or some other type of bird of prey. “and is called in Latine [Latin], Falco (faith Calepine). Falco is the genus for Falcons and includes 15 Kestrels, 22 Falcons and 4 Hobbys.
It also mentions the “Alietus is a little Fowl that preyeth upon small birds…”
Falcons, Kestrels and Hobbies are part of the Falconidae Family.
- Nave’s Topical Bible – Falcon
- Falconiformes Order
- Birds of the Bible – Falcons
- See More Birds of the Bible
- Sharing The Gospel
Nice history connecting Leviticus 11:3 to Old English ornithology terms, Lee. SO here’s a limerick for your blogpost:
OBSERVING LEVITICUS 11:3 (Jews Forbidden to Eat Birds of Prey)
Moses banned birds o’ prey, as food “foul”,
So the Jews, nowadays, don’t eat owl;
Nor eat “aliet” type;
Nor taste hawk-like “gripe”;
Yet chicken is kosher: “fair fowl”.
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Yeah for “fair fowl”, boo for “aliet and gripe”.