Carrion Birds

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Carrion Birds describes the enormity of the destruction Jesus foresaw. Israel would be rendered carrion to be picked over by the Roman legions.

Matt. 24:28; Luke 17:37

(Huck 184, 218; Aland 235, 291; Crook 284, 331)[1]

אֵיכָן הַפֶּגֶר שָׁם יֵאָסֵף הָעַיִט

“Where the carcass is, there the carrion birds assemble.[2]




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In Carrion Birds Jesus portrayed the calamity in store for his generation in bleak, apocalyptic terms: his contemporaries would be the fulfillment of the warning that the carrion birds’ settling on Abraham’s sacrifices in Gen. 15:11 had symbolized.

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A vulture in flight photographed at Gamla by Gary Asperschlager.

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