Sunday, July 25, 2010

What's the Porpoise?

TEXT: Ex. 26:14

"14 And thou shalt make a covering for the tent of rams’ skins dyed red, and a covering above of badgers’ skins."

     The Hebrew word used here can also refer to "porpoise" skins.  Some scholars insist that "badger" is an incorrect translation.  However, though porpoises are found in the Red Sea & in the Nile, they are pretty scarce in the desert, which means the Hebrews would have had to have anticipated their need & stocked up before leaving Egypt.  While this is technically possible (it may be they had a hoard from the spoils of Egypt; maybe they successfully raided a well stocked porpoise store like "Red Sea World"), it seems highly unlikely to say the least.

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