An antelope-like creature. Three species lived in Palestine: the Dorcas gazelle in the deserts, the mountain gazelle in the hillier areas, and the goitred gazelle east of the Jordan. They were symbols of love and beauty for the Hebrews (Song 2:9 Song 2:17). They were also a major game animal, regularly supplied at Solomon’s table (1Kgs 4:23), though they were difficult to catch because of their swiftness (2Sam 2:18; 1Chr 12:8).

Song 2:9

9My beloved is like a gazelle
or a young stag.
Look, there he stands
behind our wall,
gazing in at the windows,
looking through the lattice.

Song 2:17

17Until the day breathes
and the shadows flee,
turn, my beloved, be like a gazelle
or a young stag on the cleft mountains.

1Kgs 4:23

23ten fat oxen, and twenty pasture-fed cattle, one hundred sheep, besides deer, gazelles, roebucks, and fatted fowl.

2Sam 2:18

18The three sons of Zeruiah were there, Joab, Abishai, and Asahel. Now Asahel was as swift of foot as a wild gazelle.

1Chr 12:8

8From the Gadites there went over to David at the stronghold in the wilderness mighty and experienced warriors, expert with shield and spear, whose faces were l ... View more

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