Q&A: Birds of the Bible

Birds of the Bible

Question

We are studying the animal kingdom and attempting to see God's hand in each species. The topic of birds came up and we need seven or so birds that can be found in the Bible with their respective verses to further enjoy this study.

Answer

We can learn many wonderful things both about God and ourselves from God's creation (general revelation). This includes the animal kingdom. As part of the creations story, Genesis 1:20-23 says:

And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky." So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." And there was evening, and there was morning - the fifth day.

There are several birds mentioned in Scripture. Each has a story to tell us both about God and ourselves. Here are some of the birds (or species) named in Scripture: ravens (Gen. 8:6-7); eagles (Exod. 19:3-4); quail (Num. 11:31-32); hawks (Job 39:26); owls (Psa. 102:6-7); doves (Matt. 3:16); chickens (Matt. 23:37); cocks or roosters (Mark 14:29-30). There are many others such as the bittern, cormorant, crane, crow, cuckoo, falcon, glede, heron, hoopoe, kite, lapwing, nighthawk, ospray, ossifrage, ostrich, partridge, pelican, pigeon, sparrow, stork, swallow, swan, turtledove, vulture.

Related Topics:

Life of an Eagle

When is a bat a bird? (Leviticus 11:13-19)

Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (Thirdmill).