Life in New Testament Times
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13 Mar 2005 20:30 PST
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Were there any chickens living in Palestine during the time of Jesus?
Re: Life in New Testament Times
Answered By: kriswrite-ga on 14 Mar 2005 14:09 PST
Hello rcoffmank~ The answer is "yes, probably." Chickens are rarely mentioned in the Bible, but Jesus referred to hens and roosters at least twice. In the New Testament, Jesus prediucted that Peter would betray him three times before the cock crowed. (See Matt. 26:34: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/index.php?search=matthew%2026:34&version=31 . Also see: Mark 14:30; Luke 22:34; and John 13:38.) In addition, Jesus spoke of hens who tucked their chicks under their wings (Matt. 23:37 and Luke 13:34: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2013:34;&version=31 ) Given the fact that Jesus mentions them, most experts believe chickens were domesticated throughout Israel. According to "The Illustrated Dictionary of the Bible" (edited by Herbert Lockyer, Sr.: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0785212302/qid=1110837925/sr=8-4/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i4_xgl14/102-6342825-7418531?v=glance&s=books&n=507846), "domestic chickens probably descended from the red jungle fowl of Asia. Cocks were bred for the ancient sport of cockfighting before hens were raised for meat and eggs. The crowing cocks served the ancient world as an alarm clock...Soldiers often rotated their guard duty" according to the cock's crow. (p. 55) Regards, Kriswrite RESEARCH STRATEGY: Examination of above mentioned Bible Dictionary Personal knowledge
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